Janks Archive Collection Event with Askeaton Contemporary Arts
December 20, 2018
Askeaton, Co. Limerick, Ireland
6:00pm – Cagney’s Bar
7:00pm – Ranahan’s Bar
Janks Archive is an ongoing investigation of insult humour from around the world. Stemming from the word “Janks,” a colloquial term from Southern Alabama, this ever-expanding global project, with its members Jessica Langley and Ben Kinsley, soon appear in Askeaton to discover its local variations on this theme.
Why study insult humor? Janks Archive note that “Insults are an ancient oral tradition embedded within the collective consciousness of a culture or region with inherent ties to human social evolution. In this time of great political upheaval and xenophobia, we are driven to increase more understanding of something which on the surface seems antagonistic, but rather might be an invitation for exchange and mutual understanding.” In Mexico, Albures is a verbal game of double entendre. In Italy, Stornelli is a form of insulting folk poetry, while in Finland you might Heittää Herjaa.
Encounter the project on the streets and at events at Cagney’s Bar at 6pm and Ranahan’s Bar at 7pm and on December 20.