Copyright: Mares P. W., 2021
Commercial rights: FuTuRisN LLC
Artist: Generative AI
Workshop: The Mechanical Shakespeare
Keywords: censorship, citizenship, civic rights, human rights.
Original language: Spanish
The Plaza de Callao is located in the center of the Spanish capital of Madrid. “Callao” in Spanish means a small, rounded stone due to erosion that is generally found on the banks of rivers and streams. While in Castilian the loss of the intervocalic -d- is considered vulgarism, it is a characteristic of Andalusian Spanish, especially when it forms a suffix or verbal ending. Thus, we lose -d- in Andalusia with expressive intention or in marked words without sounding vulgar. So, if we take calla’o with a silenced “d” it become “callado” — silenced, hushed, which would correlate the censored human to the small and insignificant stone that is censored by the river.