Writers in Residence
An Action of Words
Date: 22 October 2011 - 5 November 2011
Gallery: Cooper Gallery
Writers in Residence programme
John Dummett, Ajay AS Hothi and Christina Manning Lebek
During the course of the Open Rehearsals and culminating Performance of A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE: a comic opera in three parts between 17 – 21 Oct, the commissioned writers John Dummett, Ajay AS Hothi and Christina Manning Lebek carried out a 'live writing' action in situ to publicly share observations and reflections in a dedicated space at Cooper Gallery. This space acted as a collaborative text, in which common ideas and responses were drawn out and addressed by the writers.
The Writers in Residence programme took as its starting point Jean-Francois Lyotard's proposition in The Differend (Phrases in Dispute) that an event cannot be represented accurately by rational theory. Live writing – an emerging form – explores the potential of writing as a reflexive process. Moving beyond merely 'reportage' the Writers in Residence programme widened and deepened the discourse surrounding the event of A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE.
The observations, reflections, annotations and commentaries are published on a blog http://anactionofwords.blogspot.com/
The Writers in Residence was open to the public between 17 and 21 October in Bradshaw Art Space (and adjoining DJCAD Board Room, Crawford Building).
AN ACTION OF WORDS-Writers in Residence is supported by the Critical Writing in Art and Design Programme, Royal College of Art.