Documentation (Part III): MinXus- Lynxus Shooting Gallery Project with Ficus strangulensis & Diane Keys

Shotpo collaboration by Ficus strangulensis (West Virginia, USA) and Diane Keys (Illinois, USA)

Part III of the documentation of the MinXus-Lynxus Shooting Gallery Project presents the results of the Shotpo collaboration between visual poet Ficus strangulensis (Morgantown, West Virginia, USA) and Diane Keys aka DK & Queen of Trash (Elgin, Illinois, USA). As shown above, Ficus strangulensis applied Shotpo precision text-editing, minimalist reduction, and action art perfpo to produce these exciting new works based on Diane Keys’ Trashpo.

During the last two years, Diane Keys has become celebrated in the Eternal Network for her exciting work based on the Trashpo concept first pioneered circa 2005 by U.S.A. visual poet Jim Leftwich. The classical Leftwich Trashpo pieces were composed by placing wastebasket debris randomly on a scannerbed and then producing images. The random combinations of partial letters and numbers, words, phrases, number combinations – most  being artifacts of consumer and corporate culture – produced a radically disjunctive visual poetry. The Leftwich originals are probably best described as anti-art or anti-poetry.

Diane Keys is a compulsive collector of found material in the streets of Elgin. Much of her work is distinctive for D-Khaos: a complete lack of identifiable form and a pronounced disorganization. Yet her collages consistently display text that, while having no linear or rational meaning, present a compelling poetry (or anti-poetry).

The Diane Keys Trashpo sent to Ficus strangulensis for the Shotpo collaborations are transcriptions, perhaps best named translations, by De Villo Sloan (New York, USA) based on meticulous study of the original DK pieces.  Here is the original De Villo Sloan translation of Diane Keys’ “Protect Organic Energy” sent to Ficus:

Original text of “Protect Organic Energy” by Diane Keys. Photo courtesy of Ficus stranguensis. 

Along with all the other exciting discoveries that have resulted from this project, we must keep in mind that this work is also an important contribution to Holism. Ficus strangulensis has contributed important work related to hole process production to the MinXus-Lynxus collection of holes:

Target detail revealing Shotpo prosody. Photo courtesy of Ficus strangulensis.

Target revealing energy field trauma and negative silence signification. Photo courtesy of Ficus strangulensis

This collaboration has led MinXus-Lynxus to propose the theory of “Negative Silence” or “Sub-Silence” in the visual poetic text. We hope these lecture notes will suffice to elucidate the theory:

Shotpo analysis and negative silence lecture notes by De Villo Sloan

Theory aside, here is a transcription of the Ficus & DK version of “Protect Organic Energy”:

Transcribed version of “Protect Organic Energy” collaboration by Diane Keys and Ficus strangulensis

We hope you will agree with MinXus-Lynxus that as well as being viewed as anti-art by some it is possible to read these collaborations as works of beautiful lyric minimalism.

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Ficus strangulensis and Diane Keys Shotpo collab based on the DK classic “So They Will Not Stretch”

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Second part of Ficus strangulensis & Diane Keys’ Shotpo collab based on “So They Will Not Stretch”

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Shotpo prosody detail from “So They Will Not Stretch.” Image courtesy of Ficus strangulensis

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“So They Will Not Stretch” detail. Image courtesy of Ficus strangulensis

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“So They Will Not Stretch” detail. Image courtesy of Ficus strangulensis

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Ficus strangulensis and Diane Keys collab version of “So They Will Not Stretch”

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Second page of Ficus strangulensis and Diane Keys collab version of “So They Will Not Stretch”

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Untitled Shotpo collaboration by Ficus strangulensis and Diane Keys showing woodchuck target format 

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Shotpo scansion structure for untitled Ficus & DK collab. Image courtesy of Ficus strangulensis

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Additional documentation from Ficus Strangulensis

More material from the Shooting Gallery Project is forthcoming.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DK
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 15:34:40

    This is completely fascinating!!The negative silence lecture addition is my favorite as the layers and layers of this collab become like a labrynth. Fantasticccccc–inspires me to make more trashpoems love and sphinxes DK


  2. minkrancher
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 16:25:46

    Diane, I can’t thank you enough for your participation. This is an epic meeting of Trashpo & all Ficus brings to visual poetry.

    I think the result is wonderful.


  3. suffolkrebecca
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 20:46:02

    Definitely lyric minimalism. Very ‘Young Marble Giants’.


  4. minxususa
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 20:59:10

    Much obliged, Miss Becca.

    Bruno Neiva has already reblogged this and sends his congrats to DK.


  5. minkrancher
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 14:54:05

    Had to look up “Young Marble Giants,” Miss Becca. Caint say I made the acquaintance.

    “The Slits” would be closest thing.


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