Office of dispensable words
Poetic-bureaucratic installation by Dirk Huelstrunk (GER)
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Communicate efficiently – eliminate words you don´t need!

The „office of dispensable words“  is a temporary office installation/performace
originally comissioned by Olohuone 306,4km Festival 2015 in Turku
located in the yard of the Turku City Library during Olohuone Festival from
Daily performances & open poetry stage

Frustrated or angry about words? Too many useless words? Maybe the words don´t work then way you want, they don´t say what you want to say, they are unclear, misleading, cheesy, shallow, trivial, out-dated, bloated, boasting, stupid, derogative, abusive, offensive, intrusive, unfair, nonsensical, too expensive, too cheap, too short or too long, too UGLY or completely unnecessary…..?

During office hours, you can hand in unwanted, unnecessary words. In return you will get a receipt and a surprise word you can fill with new exciting meaning. Dispensible words will be registered and recycled in script and sound. The results will be displayed and performed & discussed during performance hours.

Our socio-economical system creates enormous amounts of trash in language: word-shells, packaging, plastic-words, broken, crooked, fragmented and defunct words, fillers, annoying buzzwords, pretentious, pompous, bloated or just stupid words. Would our language or even our life become easier, more focussed and effective if we could get rid of this word-trash?

Search engine algorithms already filter out „unnecessary“ stop-words and work much smoother this way. But why should machines secretly decide, which words are necessary or unnecessary?

The „office of dispensible words“ is an interactive art & social project about exchanging, sharing, optimizing and efficiency. What is necessary/ unnecessary? How effective can art be? Is art most efficient without a purpose, creating free and playful nonsense?


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