Experiment #9: Creating a Village
Video: Cassandra Troyan
Text: Rebecca Elliott
"A city can be said to be a living thing built of things which are either living or non-living. A village, however, is made of words. Davidson, carrot, helium balloon, hedgerow, Timothy, marigold, equator, perch, etc. At the end of all this is a small cat, in the way a cat sits on the end of a dock and waits for something to come flying out of the water, evening on either side, a blue evening with no stars in it.
1. Make an extensive catalog of the things that surround you. Begin with your bedroom and continue outwards. Be sure to include everything you come in contact with. A person, a cat, a set of headphones, a book, a tree branch.
2. Arrange the names of these things into the shapes of buildings. Each building will also have a name, and these names will be made of the words used in the construction of the building.
3. Arrange these buildings into a community.
4. When people begin to inhabit the village you have created, they will bring their things with them and will arrange them in their houses and yards.
5. Make a list of these things."