This workshop will explore various examples: the rules of the sonnet game result in the creation of a sonnet. The rules of the short story game result in the creation of a short story. Are there other rules? New games? New things to create. Through a typographic exploration

When: Sunday 31 Aug 2014
Venue
: QA274, Queen Anne Court
Duration: 2 hours and 3o mins
Time: 9.30am – 12.00
Workshop presenter: 
Prof Janis Jefferies, Anastasios Maragiannis
Practical requirements:
Workshop is intended for 10-12 participants. BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW, at the bottom of the page

Workshop Samples

 

Abstract

We see the world, thanks to the creation in question, in a new way because the extensive and therefore ‘meaningful’ associations have formed in our brains, previously triggered by these novel juxtapositions of previously disparate elements” Brief Workshop Exercise Creatively rearrange/deconstruct/randomize all of the words and re-construct a short narrative, prose or poem using the words in any order you like.

Keywords

Subjectivisation; Territories; Conceptual; Sensations;
Typography; Writing; Creativity; Technology; Design; Sensations; Idiosyncratic; Communal Knowledge

Summary

The first step would be to devise ways for dismantling the most obvious and accepted of connections, be they between words, colours, shapes, or ideas. The next step would be to bring together elements (be they word, colours, shapes or facts) that have never been linked before. Then follows a crucial third step: mere linkages are insufficient, as witnessed in many drug-takers’ meaningless ramblings or schizophrenics” neologisms – nonsense words. The critical third issue- the all-important necessary and sufficient condition- is that the new combination of colours/words/ideas triggers new extensive connections: new ‘meaningful’ associations in both the creator and ideally others.

Try to spend about 30 mins individually or together and think about making the piece of writing up to around 100/150 words so we can discuss afterwards. This exercise is based on Oulipo, or Workshop of Potential Literature.

This is a group of writers and thinkers interested in the notion of “constraint”. You can think of constraint as something like the rules of a game. For example, the rules of the sonnet game result in the creation of a sonnet. The rules of the short story game result in the creation of a short story.

Are there other rules? New games? New things to create? By asking those questions, the Oulipo has become a workshop of potential literature.
See Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style

Workshop is intended for 10- 12 participants. BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW, Register with an easy and fast way – Eventbrite