Welcome to the Etc Portal to Contamination




The Etc Portal to Contamination is a project initiated by Chaeyoung Kim and Gersande Schellinx in the context of the Special Issue 16 (2021), around the topic of Vernacular Language Processing. It is a subgroup project hosted by the overall project: Learning How To Walk While Catwalking.

The Etc Portal to Contamination is a research into the negative space one can find in texts. Hosted by the means of simple keywords, expressions and punctuation marks… These implicit markers ('et cetera', ' etc ', ' etc.', 'and-so-on', 'and-so-forth', 'and others', 'et al.', 'and all the rest', 'and on and on', 'along with others’, ‘blablabla’, ‘blabla’, ‘and much more’, '...', '(...)','[...]', '[. …]'), often leave out some information for different reasons: may that be due to a lack of time, because the author assumes you understand what they imply, or don't feel the need to make a further listing of certain items.

As an attempt to navigate texts with you (the users) and create entry-points for you to co-write with us, we created gates for you to enter the text. We'd like to explore the possibilities allowed by your contamination, where narratives are constantly shifting, contexts re-evaluated and all inputs are welcomed.

This project has been made possible thanks to Manetta Berends, Michael Murtaugh, Clara Balaguer, Steve Rushton, Cristina Cochior and all our dear XPUB classmates.

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