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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Arts jargon

The Guardian is encouraging people to send in examples of the most execrable arts jargon they have found, launching the campaign with this:
"Combining radical notions of performativity and the body as liminal space, my practice interrogates the theoretical limitations of altermodernism. My work, which traverses disparate realms of object-making such as painting and performance, investigates the space between metabolism and metaphysic".

My best recent example:
"The arch antagonist of received ballet wisdom, William Forsythe’s choreographic provocations have earned him as much notoriety as acclaim. Yet beneath the anarchic comedy, the fiercely deconstructive and random-seeming surface of a work such as the second detail there lurks an ungainly but defiant elegance, a vision of dance that forces us to look anew at ballet’s meanings and potentialities."

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Or paste your example in the comments!

The Guardian has now collated the results. "Choreographic provocations" is in there with the worst of them!

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Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber is an expert on the English language and a frequent guest on radio and television. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Her witty and informative talks on the stories behind our words are very popular. Contact her at wordlady.barber@gmail.com to book her for speaking engagements; she can tailor her talks to almost any subject. She is also available as an expert witness for lawsuits.