Our first make cycle was an introduction of sorts. No surprise. However, the request was to think a little beyond who am I?
- what is the typical introduction script?
- how can we unmake that?
- who gets invited
- do we need an invitation anyway
I have been doing some work with blackout poetry, so that’s where I started. Given the conversation about the “set script” of an introduction, I thought taking the set words of the email describing the tasks, yet trying to be creative within that structure was an interesting un-making or re-mixing.
Here is the result:
I like the final video, but do you learn much about me? What can you say having met me in this way?
Here’s another option. I also recently read Lorrie Morre’s novel Anagrams, which included this wonderful sentence:
Meaning, if it existed at all, was unstable and could not survive the slightest reshuffling of letters.
So I then took the subject line of the email about the first make cycle (CLMOOC Make Cycle #1: Unmake an Introduction) and used it for the raw material of my anagrams. I tweeted this image.
Another meeting, any more information? I don’t think any of my phrases are particularly introductory. They tell you nothing about me.
Finally, I tweeted this in response to the #donowimge prompt.
So what do all three of these unmade introductions tell you about me?
- Do I like poetry or crossing things out?
- Do I not like to show my face?
- Do I like verbs? to make trouble?
- Do I spend my time on anagrams or crossword puzzles?
- Is Lorrie Moore my favorite author?
- Do I like red shoes?
- Am I opposed to open toed shoes? heels?
Hardly anything on that list is true. However, if you look at all three introductions together, maybe you start to get a picture. There’s some creativity there, some interest in books, shoes, maybe some humor or at least not taking things too seriously.
I got to thinking, how often do I feel an introduction really tells anything about me that is important anyway? These options really scream “NOTHING!!” but do standard introductions say very little in more socially acceptable ways? Maybe the important part of an introduction of any kind is the chance to be seen, the potential to interact.