This is a community for all those who are interested or actively participating in the Moveable Type Project, run by Catherynne M. Valente. Anyone may join, anyone may post. It is my hope that those who take part in this will bond and develop a sense of community. Feel free to join even if you are not participating--anyone with an interest in seeing how this mad experiment turns out is also welcome. Anything and everything can be discussed here. This will be the main place to keep track of who is in and who is out, as well as all other progress the project makes, until such time as we have enough pieces to launch the main website. Enjoy this little space, Moveable Typists!
What is the Moveable Type Project?
Inspired by the Skin project, it is moving, breathing art. I liked the idea of Skin, but disliked the execution. I wanted to move beyond the dada-like notion of having a meaningless word tattooed on a person's body, and into the realm of a complete work--you would not get a leaf tattooed, and be content knowing that if you stood side by side with all the other people who had ever gotten leaves painted on them, you might make a tree. I would prefer to wear the tree--wouldn't you? And since the Skin project thinks of its members as merely "words," without names or identities once they have been imprinted with their particular combination of letters, I wanted to create something where the words and the models fused, rather than one being seen as more important than the other.
So I offer this alternative. The Moveable Type Project.
I'll write a short-short story. 50 words or less, unless you authorize me for more. You'll get it tattooed anywhere on your body, and in any arrangement, i.e., you can have half on your shoulder and half on your thigh, or any other layout. Unlike the Skin authoress, I won't mandate the font or the presentation--have it done however you like. Once it's done, you'll send me an 8x10 of you with the tattoo readable and visible. If it looks like a sizeable number of people are interested, I'll buy a domain name and make this a full-fledged online publication. You will not get a random word, you will not become "my" word--you'll get a complete story, written specifically for you. (for samples of my writing style, see darkest_peru). You can include artwork with the tattoo, I don't care, as long as the text is readable.
You will have to sign a very loose, non-anxiety inducing contract saying that a.) you'll get the tat and b.) that I have permission to publish the photos of you. I mean, I'm not going to write a story for you if you're going to chicken out. It is very likely that this will run in multiple cycles, each cycle appearing in its own section on the site, much as a quarterly journal would.