Decisions, decisions! It is time to get to work, and I still haven't figured out exactly what my show is going to be yet! Apparently the word 'procrastinate' doesn't exist in most other languages. Damn.
Currently I'm thinking that my thesis will have two parts. First, I will create a set of illustrations (three to four) which illustrate words that exist in other languages. This section will suggest to the viewer that words are concrete examples of how cultures vary, and that the fact that these words exist in these cultures changes the way we might interact with them. Part two would be a set of made-up words that I am introducing into the English language. These words don't exist in any other language either. This part of the exhibit will more or less say, "after learning that information from part 1, how might our culture look if we had the following words in our vocabulary?"
I'm not sure what these words will be yet (it's kind of hard to think about how you might make up a word. Should I still be pulling from Latin roots?), but I have some ideas on directions to go in. Some words that I think need updates or variations are: Work, Play, Passion, Career, Feminism, Rape, Pet. I've got a long list going, but those are some of my favorites. Still not sure how to introduce this second part of the show. What do you guys think about creating a pocket-sized journal with a bunch of games, notes, ideas, and questions on each page--sort of like those "destroy this journal" journals?