The World Economy is down in the dumps. Nations are in trillions of dollars of debt, and are even going bankrupt. In the interest of scrounging what little capital they can, the governments of the world are calling in outstanding debts; the biggest earner? Loan words.
American English has thousands of them, and now we have to give them back. We simply cannot afford to pay the associated royalties to each respective motherland, but we’ve become so attached to many of them. Rendezvous. Ketchup. Akimbo. Goober. Zombie.
Loan Words details the list of words which – as English speakers – we can no longer afford to use, and makes suggestions for replacement words and phrases. Much in the way French Fries briefly became Freedom Fries and Sauerkraut enjoyed a stint as Liberty Cabbage in hard times, we might briefly (or permanently?) lose some of our favorite words; Loan Words hopes to provide some tips for dealing with the impending shortage of colorful vocabulary.
The voice of ABCDEF is Matt Kugler.
Loan Words was recorded by Bailey Math at Terminator Smile Productions in Brooklyn.
Loan Words was Animated by Patrick Davison
Sound Design by Mike Rugnetta
On Thursday August 13th, WWKSF will be presenting an evening works including a revised and updated (since April!) Hannah Complex, the premiere of two brand spanking new video pieces and a shorter, updated, MemeFactory.
Personnel includes (but is not limited to, and in no particular order): Kate Reilly, Eric Grundhauser, Guy Snover, Matt Kugler, Stephen Bruckert, Karen Lanyi, Patrick Davison, Mike Rugnetta…and a bunch more.
At the center of the evening is The Hannah Complex, a performance for two vocalists, slide show and music. The Hannah Complex is about reality, and the ways in which we, as members of it, are able to interact with and even control it. It sounds complicated, we know, but don’t worry – it involves Hannah Montana. The Hannah Complex explains why it is certain images seek to replicate themselves endlessly, and why some of us are capable of being at once ourselves and also … well … anyone else.
A video piece for 5 voices and cut up, filtered text from Spam emails. Including everything from a weatherman to sportscaster and Correspondents in the Field, New News has all the looks of a real broadcast news show and exactly the same amount of meaningless drivel to match.
A video piece for 1 vocalist, visual aid and music. As the world economy gets progressively worse, foreign nations are calling in their debts. Most notably are the words which were loaned to the English language for temporary usage. As we can no longer keep current on payments resulting from the use of such popular words as alcohol, ketchup and zombie… Loan Words offers some suggestions of replacement words for these and other lexical outliers.
The Memescape changes overnight, and since our last MemeFactory show at 3rd Ward there have been alot of nights. Much has changed, disappeared or been created. This shortened performance doesn’t include an audience participation element (at least not in the same way we did it last time) but will certainly get all those interested up to date in the latest of silly Internet Media Trends.
We’re hard at work on a bunch of new stuff, and polishing up some older work. We have a bunch of upcoming shows which we’ll post about within the next couple days: 3rd Ward, NYU and beyond (maybe even Texas and Canada? Who knows!).