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Year End: On worldbuilding

The internet is an amazing space when it reminds us how vast and diverse the world is. Early dot-com websites reflected this notion of an “expanding space” in their company names, using words like “earth,” “globe,” “world,” “space,” or “system” to describe their growing networks. Our website contains the word “world” 950 times. In comparison, our galaxy contains 100+ billion planets and scientists believe that around 40 billion of these are earth like.

The word “world” is mentioned 956 out of 755802 total words in the TCI-verse.

On the eve of a new year, it may be important to check some numbers in order to reflect on what binds us together in this world. As musician Madalyn Merkey puts it, “I keep it very theoretical, like I just need to get my numbers right before I indulge in the environment that I’m creating”.

It’s a fact that programs love to count. Just like counting the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on a beach, let’s iterate through our microcosm, one word at a time. We could count how many times green [40] or blue [62] is mentioned across our website. Below is a tally of how many instances a particular worldbuilding word is mentioned throughout our 314 interviews. We will update this list on occasion with a current count and will leave a timestamp at the bottom for reference.

galaxy [1]

universe [34]

world [950]

earth [44]

globe [3]

water [129]

plant [62]

animal [69]

human [210]

system [168]

love [1074]

hate [570]

calm [19]

star [1531]

home [234]

community [226]

blue [62]

green [40]

play [1238]

friend [569]

work [4585]

life [1082]

death [101]

day [1266]

month [238]

year [1422]

Last updated: December 26, 2017

Elliott Cost

Paul-Ramírez-Jonas
Artist
Charles-Broskoski
Co-founder of Are.na
Carmen-Villain
Musician
Ryuichi-Sakamoto
Musician, Composer, Producer
Betty-Buckley
Actress, Singer, Performer
-HAWRAF
Designers
Nora-Khan
Writer
-Pika☆
Musician
Trenton Doyle -Hancock
Artist
Ben Lotan and Tara-Shi
Artists, Curators
Morehshin-Allahyari
Visual Artist
Hope-Hall
Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Photographer, Teacher
Dicko-Chan
Artist, Photographer
Liz -Pelly-
Writer, Editor, Collective member at Silent Barn
Vera-Marmelo
Photographer, Engineer
Erin Jane-Nelson
Visual artist
Catarina-Branco
Artist
Patricia-Voulgaris
Photographer
Mark-Duplass
Actor, Filmmaker, Producer, Writer
Clifford -Owens
Artist
Ocean-Vuong
Poet, Writer
Ellen-Van-Dusen
Textile Designer
Danny-L-Harle
Musician, Producer
Aubrey-Plaza
Actress, Comedian, Producer
Eric-Cunha
Artist, Animator
Qiong-Li
Designer, Artist
Alisa-Weilerstein
Cellist
Natalie-Diaz
Poet
Colin-Self
Choreographer, Musician, Performance Artist
Yoshua-Okón
Visual Artist, Videomaker
Adam-Curtis
Journalist
Kate-Zambreno
Writer
Tatiana-Lipkes
Poet, Publisher
-Oa4s
Artists, Poets, Theorists, Writers
Gaby-Cepeda
Curator, Artist, Writer
Danez-Smith
Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Playwright, Teacher
Julien-Baker
Musician, Songwriter
George-Clarke
Musician, Songwriter
Terence-Nance
Artist, Filmmaker
Sarah-DeLappe
Playwright
-Mitski
Musician, Songwriter
Thor -Harris
Musician, Writer, Poet, Artist
Meredith-Danluck
Artist, Filmmaker
Stephanie -Danler
Writer
Conner -Habib
Writer, Teacher, Adult Film Performer
Nicolas-Jaar
Musician, Producer
-Hak
Musician, Visual Artist
Ann-Magnuson
Writer, Actress, Singer, Musician, Performer
Morgan -Parker
Writer, Poet

Income inequality in the art world is exactly like the income inequality of the country. The art world is in the world. It can’t be better and it can’t be worse than the world. It’s in the actual world. It reflects it perfectly. It seems more extreme because it’s smaller and we actually know some of the people, but it’s really not dissimilar to the world at large.

I’m pretty set on promoting life-long education as the most important thing. Getting people to be curious, in this time when you can access almost every piece of information in the world, is the best possible thing to do to try to help all humans.

It is difficult when you’re doing everything on your own and you put something out into the world and it’s sort of like, ‘Is anybody hearing me?’