Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Big Multi Syllabic Words


Besides getting all excited about the upcoming Pemi Paull gig here (tonight at 7:30, hint, hint) and hustling the Live at Zeke's Gallery Box Set of CDs (2003 version). I also started to fill out an (insert ominous music here - dum-dum, dum-dum) application for the Canada Council Grants to Professional Artists in Visual Arts (including Photography) and Independent Critics and Curators: Creation/Production Grants.

According to the guidelines "Residencies may encompass research, exhibitions, community initiatives, structured interactions, professional development activities and activities related to permanent collections. Research-based residencies must demonstrate a specified outcome or impact for the host institution."

How do you define "Structured interactions?" or "specific impact for the host institution?" Sounds to me like I need to get myself a high school teacher (they are always good for structure, don't you think?) Or perhaps I'm barking up the wrong tree and need to find some scaffolding. And then get a bulldozer to crash into it (specific impact�)

In bold they also state "Please note that if you exceed the indicated word limits, the supplementary text will not be presented to the peer assessment committee." No wonder the whole Canadian Art world adores big words! Pity the whole thing couldn't be done in German, I could probably create one word that would be 4,000 letters long that would describe everything. The French people are obviously at a disadvantage because in general it takes about 1.5 to 2 as many words to explain something in French as it does in English, and while they have translated the entire document they haven't taken into consideration the cultural differences.

If you don't believe me, try these:
Please � je vous en prie (1 versus 4)
May I � Est ce que je peux (2 versus 5)

Get the picture?

They then ask (with rather ominous overtones) that you "describe your practice (previous and current work) and the program of work you intend to undertake if you receive a grant. If you wish, you may also provide information on the aesthetic or cultural tradition that relates to your work." If you're an artist you only get 500 words, if you're a curator you get 1,500. Now earlier, I had railed against the concept of asking visual artists to write, as it is not their native language, but now upon looking at the fine print I also find it ridiculous that they put limits on the sucker. Obviously life is unfair

I'll attempt to stick in links later (yeah, right!) and perhaps write more about writing for the Canada Council, but I gotta go do a sound check for the fabulous Pemi Paull String Trio right now.

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