The Enciclopedia Deiknumena is an idiosyncratic 50-volume bilingual toy theater encyclopedia which focuses on popular arts (puppetry, hip-hop, circus), anthropology (ritual, masks), liberation (feminism, queer history, anarchism), natural history (water) and the global economy (colonialism, debt, migration).
I am writing and illustrating the first two books on Circus and Carnival, and after that I will be illustrating texts by a number of writers and artists.
In no particular order they are: Mayra Santos-Febres on Colonialism, Clare Dolan on Cantastoria, Larry La Fountain-Stokes on Queer History, Bea Santiago Muñoz on Ritual, Terri Kapsalis on Women’s Health, John Hartigan on Anthropology, John Corbett on Jazz, Idris Goodwin on Hip-Hop, Carolina Caycedo on Water, Becky Conekin on Feminism, Angela Woodward on Encyclopedias, Esteban Valdés on Anarchism, Friese Undine on the Unconscious, Roshen Hendrickson on Debt, Rosa Luisa Márquez on Masks, and Rey Andujar on Migration.
The encyclopedia is intended for a curious audience from ages 10 to 100. Each book provides a history of the subject in Spanish and English and toy theater objects to be manipulated and played with.
What excites me most about this project is the moment when one can mix the objects from different books creating links between these histories and new possibilities of history. Colonialism alongside Circus, Queer History mixing with Carnival, Ritual and Jazz.
What is Deiknumena? In the ancient Greek rites of Demeter, deiknumena was the moment in which objects were presented to reveal truths. This encyclopedia seeks to reveal truths of our world through objects.
The first 20 entries/books are already planned out which will take @5 years. The next 30 entries will be created as the project continues until about 2029, believe it or not.
Risks and challenges
This is a long open ended project with a new book being produced every three months for the next, ahem, 13 years. Certainly, at some point there will be a bump in the road, when production is delayed. However, I am strangely attracted to these long term projects. My first abecedario book came out in 29 volumes over the course of two years. The Baudelaire in a Box cantastoria project in which I am illustrating all of Les Fleurs du mal set to music by various composers has gone on for 5 years now and is scheduled to finish in 2017. And my bestiary calendar is in it's 18th year. Ultimately it is one book at a time, and that seems quite doable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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