After the event:
Laura asked collaborators to join her in fantastical linguistic play.
Etymaginaries are mercurial word myths, forwards and backwards. Produced by constellations of purple dust spots on the retina of the imagination, these notional creatures anxiously anticipate your polyinterpretations.
Some examples Laura shared:
Imbroglioronic N.: any oily liquid with a bitter flavor, esp. any such liquid prescribed as an emetic. Term coined by Cesare Musatti in 1943 to describe an abnormal personality compulsively given over to twisting lengths of her—more often, his—hair into knots. At the time, Musatti was in the employ / operating under the patronage of Adriano Olivetti, who had brought the pioneering psychoanalyst to Ivrea for the purpose of helping his engineers overcome a mysterious “block” that was impeding their development of the Divisumma electric abacus. Musatti’s application of a placebo hair tonic in various clinical tests related to this case (the final diagnosis being that an imbroglioronic was suffering from a combination of acute hysteria, euraesthenia, and suicidal depression) is still a subject of medical debate to this day. Contributed by: Joe Milazzo
lufarcity soundtrack by Joe Milazzo
vandodacular the undulating function of the five bones of the sacrum [now fused] that allowed homosapiens’ ancestors to flick their tails1. 1 the movement also allows one to cast off his or her tail, which could help one escape from predators, who are either distracted by the wriggling detached tail, or left with only the tail while the rest of the body flees. tails cast in this manner generally grow back over time, unless evolution occurs. by: Laura Vena