The first Acronyms were created by using systems. For example taking the second letter of each of a set of words
As the project developed the letters were chosen unsystematically. For example choosing the second and fourth letters from a set of two words
In the later stages Acronyms were created which did not have their roots in words at all
The Acronyms were then shuffled
The words which the acronyms stand for (where they do stand for words) are forgotten
All Acronyms are now essentially the same in structure but not process
In the ‘real world’ acronyms often take the place of the set of words
Acronyms always have heavy pragmatic value
The viewer can choose to give these Acronyms a meaning or take them as concrete object
None of these Acronyms are copies. However in some senses they are readymades in that many of them have already been invented by somebody else: google many of these Acronyms and you will see
These works are not conceptual
These works are conceptual
James Davies 2010
A text installation of ACRONYMS(MS) was included in VerySmallKitchen’s DEPARTMENT OF MICRO-POETICS at the AC Institute, New York from Sep 9-Oct 16th 2010.
James edits If P Then Q and is co-organiser of The Other Room. PLANTS will be published by Reality Street in 2011, and The Manual Handling Process is published by Beard of Bees. He collaborates with Simon Taylor as JOY AS TIRESOME VANDALISM.