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Optics of writing: through and between

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Thursday 13 March 2014
Optics of writing: through and between
Workshop 3 – 5pm.
Live event 6.30 – 8.30pm

The immaculate conception
of the inaudible bird
in gorgeous reticence…
— Mina Loy, Brancusi’s Golden Bird (1922)

In the November 1922 issue of ‘The Dial’ magazine, Mina Loy’s short poem – ‘Brancusi’s Golden Bird’ – appeared alongside a photograph of the sculpture it names. The verse is oblique. The picture (taken by Brancusi himself) is almost opaque. Together, they offer as much of a departure from as they give a depiction of their shared point of reference. Part of ‘The Optics of Writing’, a series of events by the Art Writing programme at Goldsmiths, ‘Through and Between’ is a continuation of that departure. Along the way asking what, if anything, of an object can emerge ‘through and between’ its representations.

Workshops will be lead by Patrick Coyle, Barnaby Lambert & Daphne de Sonnevill. Participants need to register their interest and get reading material from Francisco Sousa Lobo
Live events by Paul O’Kane, Barnaby Lambert & Daphne de Sonneville

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Thursday 20 March 2014
Optics of writing: Out of sight
Workshop 2 – 5pm
Live event 6.30 – 8.30pm

Led by Sally O’Reilly, Catherine Smiles and Heather Welsh, the workshop will explore strategies and techniques for presenting text in live or pre-recorded audio formats, and suggest methods of translation and compensation when diverting text from page to ear.

Please send, by 17th March, a new or existing text, of up to 1000 words, that you would like rework into an audio piece to

During the workshop Sally, Catherine and Heather will discuss your texts, one-to-one, while you work on them for possible presentation at the evening event.

A schedule and equipment list is attached, which you should bear in mind when considering how to configure any final presentation in the space.


Goldsmiths’ Art Writing has organised a series of three events with the general theme ‘Optics of Writing’. Each event will be comprised of workshops in the afternoon and live events in the evening (6.30 to 8.30 pm).

To participate in the afternoon workshops please RSVP Francisco Sousa Lobo Participants are welcomed, and invited to an open discussion and engagement with workshops and reading. Materials will be distributed in advance. Evening live events are open to all, and will have the presence of various invited guests, such as: Patrick Coyle, Stewart Home, Sam Keogh, Sally O’Reilly, Eleanor Vonne Brown, Paul O’Kane, Sophie Jung.

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March 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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