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The Royal Standard
The Royal Standard, Northern Lights, Cains Brewery Village, 5 Mann Street, L8 5AF Liverpool
Words To Images To Wrmgs is a workshop devised by Josh Wilson that investigates and plays with the potential relations between image and language. How to play with their forms as modes of communication? How to probe these networks that frame our histories? How to investigate their modes of bodily or mechanical movement?
Divided into two parts, the first will consist of an open discussion format where Wilson will introduce works/processes by artists, writers, filmmakers and philosophers who have scrutinised image and language. An atlas of references will be instigated moving back and forward in time. This includes a look at the poetry of Stephane Mallarme (1890), the Site-Writing of Jane Rendell (2010), the ‘Akousmatikoi’ lectures delivered from behind a screen in ancient Greece (245–325 BC), Marcel Broodthaers’ performance of writing a poem that is lost in the rain (1969), a pure block of black ink taking up a whole page in a novel by Laurence Sterne (1759), the transcript of Chris Marker’s film ‘Sans Soleil’ (1982), and the sleep writing of Surrealist Robert Desnos (1920-45).
The second part will consist of primary research with all participants. Everyone will go for short walks or ‘drifts’ in the encompassing area, and in so doing, they will record either visual material or written observations. After our walks we will attempt to find ways to translate the images to writing or vice versa. Participants will utilise photoshop, video editing software, photocopiers, a hand scanner (or any other media at hand) as tools for translation and experimentation.
By blurring or loosening the boundaries between image and language we will be looking at the nuances of pictorial and linguistic structure and how we can subvert them. Words To Images To Wrmgs is intended to be a fun, playful and light-hearted workshop that is sensitive to the desires of it’s participants, where each of the processes explored will be relevant to all artists (incl writers, filmmakers, photographers, painters).
SUNDAY 25TH 2-5PM