Textobjectext: Writing the posthumanities: Exploring the potentialities of writing practice after the material turn

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Hosted by Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
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Wednesday 28 November, 2012

With keynote addresses from Assoc. Prof. Barbara Bolt (VCA, University of Melbourne) & Mr Oron Catts (Director, SymbioticA, University of Western Australia)

See: www.textobjectext.wordpress.com for full details.


Abstracts and/or proposals are sought for papers, workshops and provocations (see outline of session formats below) that address any of the following themes, as they relate to writing practice, writing outcomes and writing theory:

> art-writing continuum
> the digital/sonic/visual/haptic
> experimental practice
> material dynamism
> new materialisms
> the posthuman
> post- or non-representationalism
> text-objects

Abstracts/proposals addressing the following and further questions are also welcomed:

> what is writing in the posthumanities?
> what kind of generative spaces emerge where the borders between > disciplines –art, humanities and the sciences– blur and merge?
> what does an understanding of the materiality of writing do for creative practice?
> how do encounters between new and old technologies/concepts/ practices reconfigure our understandings of art, literature, authorship, creative process, collaboration, the body and agency?

Abstracts of 150 words should be emailed to Suzi hayes and Kay Rozynski at textobjectext [at] gmail [dot] com.

Please indicate any required materials or technical resources at this time (resources are limited and we have a fairly minimal IT set up; delegates' requirements on this front will be met or negotiated on a case-by-case basis). Please also include in any workshop proposals instructions to workshop attendees, e.g., what to bring, what to read.

Abstract/proposal submission: 30 September 2012
Notification of acceptance: 21 October 2012
Finalised abstract to be submitted: 14 November 2012


Scholarly papers
20-minute scholarly papers will be followed by questions and panel-like discussion between paper-givers.

Each 60-minute workshop might consist of a group of 20 - 30 peers working collaboratively or individually on a piece of 'writing', however this term is interpreted, with a leading creative practitioner as guide. Facilitators are encouraged to promote practical participation from their attendees and aim to generate a single or series of texts to be considered for curation in a resulting exhibition at Gallery Ellipsis... .

One panel session will take the form of a series of provocations. The 60-minute provocations session will consist of a conversation between three artist/practitioners and participants, stimulated by a 10-minute opening provocation by each artist/practitioner around the particularities of her or his poetics. Participants, in small groups, will be asked to reflect on the relation and/or implications of each provocations for their own creative practice.

Those interested in participating in any of the above formats are invited to consider the questions and keywords above as a springboard for thinking around the symposium's themes.