Describe an encounter between two people, which may be entirely fictional, or it may be based on a lived experience. In the latter case, for example, you might write first from your own perspective (as participant, or observer), and then write a section that considers how the same situation might have looked/sounded/felt/smelt/tasted to another person involved. Choose two distinctly different POVs. Make sure neither narrator is a small child and that you describe the SAME event in both accounts. The piece may comprise two separate texts or a single integrated passage and should probably attempt one of the following:
- to tell a story, relate an incident or describe a scene through two distinct voices which take turns and add up to full picture of whatever went on;
- to give two separate accounts of the incident or scene which do not tally with one another and cast doubt upon the reliability of one or both of the narrators, or simply show how easy it is for them to misunderstand one another.
Your success in creating two distinct voices will weigh heavily!
Exegesis (<200 words): Detail the choices you made, your aims, the strategies you adopted or rejected, sources of inspiration, intertextuality and remediation.
This text contains a change in point of view which deliberately works towards a climax. The change in point of view is realized by alternating style in person, tense, descriptiveness, and subjects of description. The only colours mentioned are congruent with the characters’ shared background: they refer to Piet Mondriaan’s Neoplasticist art theory. This text intersects with Neoplasticism in more ways: The act of asking somebody out is seemingly simple – just a few words – but there is a realm of preparation that precedes it, as Nieuwe Stijl paintings are seemingly simple but carefully planned. In this work colour theory, the paradox of sharing history while experiencing contrastively (does perception lead to truth?), as well as the literary form intersect. Inspiration came from an event from real life, but the second person’s point of view is written in a way that it reflects what the first person can observe. This is to mirror the limitations of life writing and is a solution to the problem regarding having shared history while experiencing contrastively. The aim of the work is to remind, remember, archive and create nostalgia – regarding the feeling before the action as well as factual details surrounding the action.
POV: So What
I was black-haired, on the alternative side. Not doing my best at school except for art class because I had decided that was the only class that was worthy of my energy and attention. One evening in the weekend, I decided I would go out. It was not much of a decision, more of a habit. Preparing to go out was a ritual. I put wax in my hair first and shower after, picked out clothes to wear, hopped on my city bike and cycled to the city centre. The mandatory waiting in line for club So What. Once in: banter with the lads, cigarettes when they were still affordable, beers also on the cheap. Quickly moving from one place to the next, rarely standing still, especially on the dancefloor where I hit every beat correctly until the sweat dripped off my forehead. This particular evening something was different: something else I had decided, I was nervous because I would be exposed. I was getting used to getting out there but this one decision I had thought of, fantasized about, and planned for about six months.
You are blonde, smart, and in your late teens. It is a Saturday evening. You are walking to the dancefloor of the alternative bar dancing in your hometown. The walls are blue but because the lighting is centred on the dancefloor and the floor is a dark shade they seem darker. You have a plastic cup with beer in your right hand. You stop walking to talk to a good friend. You occasionally take a sip. Your male rival from art class walks by. You have a mutual understanding that you two are competing for the highest grade since you discovered that you both were good at art. He has black hair with Murrays wax in it so that it looks messy – like he just hopped out of bed -, teenage sideburns, a white t-shirt with rounded cut, red suspenders. On his bottom half are Levi’s jeans and ragged black high-top Converse All-Star sneakers. He strikes up a conversation with you. You are willing to respond. Sideways, he asks you out to a movie. An arthouse movie, not a commercial one. You accept. Later you will tell him that you’ve had a crush on him for a long time.