I'm pleased to announce RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open), a tossup-only open side-event to be completed by May of 2019. The questions are being written by Justin French, Anson Berns, Vishwa Shanmugam, Jakob Boeye, Keaton Martin, Darren Petrosino, Mazin Omer, Shubham Sengar, and me. Literature, visual arts, and world music are being edited by Justin French; jazz and nonacademic music are being edited by Mazin Omer; and classical music is being edited by me, although we are all writing across categories. The set will consist of at least eight packets of 20 powermarked tossups with the following distribution:
10 Fine Arts
5 Visual Arts:
- 3 American
- 3 European (including British)
- 3 World
- 1 Other (including criticism)
5 Auditory Arts:
- 2 Painting
- 1.5 Sculpture (including performance and conceptual art)/More Painting
- .5 Architecture
- .5 Film
- .5 Photography
- 2.5 Classical Music (including opera and ballet)
- 1 Jazz (including world jazz)
- .5 Nonacademic Music (music typically classified as "trash" with historical/musical significance)
- .5 World Music (academic music outside of western tradition)
- .5 More of the above/Miscellaneous (including criticism and musicals)
Questions will be 8-10 lines of 10 pt Times New Roman before powermarking. They will be vanity-level difficulty, with roughly half of the answerlines extra-canonical and the other half easily convertible by most of the field. A conscious effort will be made to include more world content in the Visual Arts category (we decided to make a separate subcategory for world music but not for world art because world art is much more easily classified in the artistic genres we listed). In addition, music that falls under the western tradition but is from non-western countries will be classified as classical music. We will also try to ask about the "nonacademic" music in a way that rewards more serious analysis of the music, its performance, or its historical significance, rather than just easy listening.
We are aiming to finish editing questions by early May, when we'll have an online playtest; afterwards, we hope to mirror the set in high school nationals and various summer opens. Everyone, including high schoolers, is encouraged to play this, as they'll likely find new and interesting topics, as well as cool questions about works that are important but not commonly asked about in quizbowl.
- Online Discord playtest, sometime in May
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or PM any of us if you're interested in mirroring RULFO!
EDIT: with respect to a few complaints, the estimate for tossup length has been changed to "8-10"