Posted on 28/01/2013
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Wednesday 30 January, 5-7pm (Room G3, 11 Bedford Square, London WC1E 6DP)
'The Zebra Did It': Dictionaries as Loci for Surreptitious Fictions
In this presentation I hope to address the ways in which factual dictionaries might be judged to contain or reveal fictitious and fictional content, and whether such content can be assessed as 'creative' work. My practice centres upon writing a novel where the main character inserts purposively fictional pieces of information into an encyclopaedic dictionary; my presentation will provide an opportunity to illustrate various strategies by which I have attempted to creatively interrogate the problematic ethics of lexicography (its attempts to 'register' rather than 'fix' language - and vice versa - for example), literary hoaxes, and whether a dictionary can be claimed as a creative text.
Eley Williams is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing, her thesis focusing upon the meeting points between lexicographical probity and creativity. Previous writing commendations include the Christopher Tower poetry prize and awards from the London School of Journalism, the Franco-British Council and London Fringe Festival Short Fiction Awards. Recent projects have included her short story ‘Hang-Ups’ being developed for an interactive installation with ShadowStage, the country’s first contemporary shadow theatre company, and a prose piece set to music by composer Steven Jackson for ‘Noise of Many Waters’, the Royal Northern College of Music’s exhibitive showcase event.
@ 6.00pm Nik Wakefield
Time-specificity of Performance
To make a loaf of sourdough bread takes time. First of all, because you aren't going to add any yeast, your starter must be at a relatively active stage of fermentation, in order to ensure that it will rise when added to flour, water and salt. For a developed flavour, allow to rise in the refrigerator, which slows the rising process, for twenty-four hours. Bake on a stone in the oven with a pan of hot water below to steam the crust. Sourdough bread is easier on the stomach due to the subtraction of added yeast. It also has a more complex flavour than most breads. A loaf will stay fresh for a week.
This process is a useful metaphor for my research into time-specificity. I aim to reveal the relationship between performance and duration. The work is split into three questions - what is the temporality of performance, what is to be done with that time afterwards, and thinking in terms of time, what exactly is the nature of performance? These three questions are examined through research into contemporary live art, my own practice and the philosophy of Henri Bergson.
Nik Wakefield is from Seattle, Boston, New York, Uwchygarreg Machynlleth, Stroud and Egham. After nearly not graduating high school, he went to community college, then received a B.F.A. Cum Laude in Theatre arts from Boston University, an M.A. with Distinction from Aberystwyth University, and is currently working on a Reid Scholarship awarded PhD by practice on Time-specificity in Performance. He is Head of Performance at Heritage Arts Company and has worked professionally with Every House Has A Door, Punchdrunk, Gideon Reeling and The Conciliation Project.