Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft

A Speculative Glossary

Gast: Maska Research Group (Nika Arhar, Katja Čičigoj, Janez Janša, Martina Ruhsam and Jasmina Založnik, thanks to Pia Brezavšček)

Konzept: Rahel Kesselring

Our accelerated temporality generates diverse and multiplying strategies of dealing with the demands of our hastened time. It seems necessary to enrich our vocabulary with terms that will allow for some differentiation and enable us to talk more precisely about specific forms of time and ways of coping with its eternal brevity, as well as the dissipation of time and its manifold qualities. The lexical in(ter)ventions that we introduce in this glossary comprise a number of terms, such as in0wasting, zenacceleration, and pregnant boredom, which are meant to allow for some specification in our daily talks and chats about the diverse intangible temporal states in which our daily moves are not just imbedded. Time is not a container but is rather produced and engendered by our movements. The method of this glossary is a reversed one: similarly to drawing a map of a territory that no one has ever seen, we sketch definitions in order to discover what qualitative differences these neologisms (with their descriptions) introduce. The playfulness of this glossary is based on the idea that lexica are not static representations of words but tools for negotiating and intervening in the social field. We approach terminology as a poetic and at the same time productive moment of thought, as well as a speculative endeavour of lexical fiction.