Seminar #2:

Writing (in) the public space 

Esther Anatolitis

Saturday 11 March, 2:00-4:00 pm, gathering at Performance Arcade on the lawn

 

What does performing writing look like? How is it embodied? What does it tell us about performance? What does it tell us about writing? In the public space, we read thousands of words every day – words that guide us or alert us or try to sell us things. Writing in public, however, seems less common to us; as writers we prefer solitary, comfortable spaces that are highly idiosyncratic and private. Performing the act of writing in a public space is something we rarely consider consciously – and yet, it’s something that many of us do every day. The open-plan workspace orients the body toward a screen that draws the facial expression away from the circulation space. The mobile device draws the expression downward, allowing writing to be performed in social spaces or in transit while the body performs its daily routines. In each case, the public space surrounding the writing body takes on an anonymised character; an unremarkable public space of seemingly inert bodies in relation to one another. In this workshop, we will create a performance of scale: a critical mass of bodies, solitary or collaborative, writing in the public space. In doing so, we will perform a public space through the act of writing. Afterwards, we will come together to reflect on how writing (in) the public space is possible. Let’s get the words out on the street.

This seminar allows for an unlimited number of participants. However, please sign up on the Lil'Reggie site. https://performing-writing-2017.lilregie.com/step1

To prepare for this seminar, see

https://estheranatolitis.net/2016/04/20/writing-in-the-public-space-thursday-21-april/