Installation and Event for the JVE A: Justifiable Versions of Events
Scriptings Gallery, Berlin, Germany
24 July 2014
Writing Together is a collective writing workshop event that tests the limits of the production of sense in disjunction, recombination and assemblage. In Writing Together a process of citation is enacted in literal, material operations of excerpting, writing, printing, reassembling — all performed in conversation with the audience/participants in an environment of discussion and hospitality. The workshop is part of Justifiable Versions of Events, a week-long series of lectures, discussions, exhibitions and events staged by the JVE A organized around the theme of “catastrophe”. The Writing Together workshop produced a text — responding to the question “what do we mean by catastrophe?” — that was to become a collective statement on this shared theme.
Writing Together employs a process of writing by arrangement of sheets of printed paper on a physical framework in a way that makes explicit the material substrate upon which the performance of writing depends. The event thereby frames an investigation of relations between the materiality of texts, the manual labor of reading and writing, and the construction of concepts in language. A collective text is generated, and interventions are made in real time through a process of feedback between performers/operators, participants, and language fragments. The workshop is organized in an open-format event-structure in which — following a short introduction and some encouragements regarding coherence and correct grammar — participants are invited to move through the space, read the text fragments, engage, disengage, watch and take part as they wish.
What we have to understand is, in fact, that no blending or creation of words no lexical agility no typographic cleverness no pause for breath no compromise is possible in the implacable necessity to affect the social relations of both “visualization and “intervention” in a new techno-social framework of contemporary subjectivation