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Writing for Practice Forum # 9 (Writing for Practice Forum @ MARs)

  • MARs seminar room, Art Research Building, Goldsmiths 45 Lewisham Way London, SE14 6QD (map)

Presenting writer: Erica Scourti (Goldsmiths)

Respondent: Georgina Colby

Artist, writer and PhD researcher (Goldsmiths) Erica Scourti will present an excerpt of a recent performance which draws on transcripts of video diaries, a text based on the same material, alongside an excerpt from a selected author, which will be announced soon. Dr. Georgina Colby, Senior Lecturer in English and the Course Leader for the MA in English Literature at the University of Westminster, joins us in discussion.

Link to texts will be available shortly

Erica Scourti is an artist and writer, born in Athens and now based in London and Athens. Embracing contingency, humour and lo-fi media, her work explores autobiographical writing and bodily inscription in the performance and representation of subjectivity. Solo shows include Chief Complaint at Almanac, London and Spill Sections at StudioRCA (both 2018); group shows include the High Line, New York, Wellcome Collection, Kunsthalle Wien, Hayward Gallery, EMST Athens. Her writing has been published in Spells (Ignota Press, 2018) and Fiction as Method (Sternberg, 2017) and she is guest editor of the Happy Hypocrite journal (2019). –

Georgina Colby is the author of Kathy Acker: Writing the Impossible (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), the editor of Reading Experimental Writing (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2020), and has published widely in the field of modern and contemporary avant-garde writing and feminisms. She leads the BA/Leverhulme project Feminist Representations and is the Founder and Director of S A L O N - LONDON. She is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Westminster. –

The Writing for Practice Forum is based in the Mountain of Art Research (MARs) at Goldsmiths College, and is organised by artists and researchers Kate Pickering and Rowena Harris. The forum is a peer led discursive space to gain valuable feedback on imaginative or experimental approaches with text-based material. It is open to all researchers within Goldsmiths, other CHASE institutions and beyond as either presenting writers or discussion participants and requires no prior knowledge or preparation, other than an interest in developing a deeper understanding of writing as part of practice based research.

Prior to each forum, the presenting writer chooses an excerpt of their own writing, alongside another short text by a related author as a frame of reference for the discussion. The researcher has the opportunity to invite a guest respondent to participate in the forum. Texts are available online beforehand, but pre-reading is not mandatory; we read the texts aloud at the beginning of the discussion. Researchers can attend as many or as few of the forums as their commitments allow, but are required to sign up for the session in advance.