The Monkey’s Paw, Torontoist’s favourite place to purchase odd out-of-print books and small creatures encased in resin, is hosting a contest: the Monkey’s Paw Detournement Tournament.
Inspired by the 1950s French artistic practice of detournement (“the re-use of pre-existing cultural elements in a new ensemble”), the challenge is to combine the words of titles in The Monkey’s Paw catalogue (you can spend as long as you like in the Dundas Street store with your head cocked to the right, or you can view the list online) to create new works. The complete rules are here, and two short examples are provided for you to get the creative cogs a-turning.
You have until Sunday, October 21, 2007, to submit your entries. Drop them off in hard copy at the store (1229 Dundas Street West) or email them to [email protected] (subject line “detournement tournament submission”).
Winning entries be announced at a public ceremony in the shop on Thursday, October 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. The winner will be the proud recipient of a $50 Monkey’s Paw gift certificate to either spend or frame, and each of two runners-up will receive $25 certificates. Everyone is welcome, refreshments will be provided.
Photo of The Monkey’s Paw Window by Flickr user Gak.