The spaces between the words – Practices of locative literature

David Merleau
Lucy Jeffery

Event details

2020-09-25 18:00
18:00 UTC

Libraries of Walks, Shorelines, Haiku Encounter, Sauntering Verse, In a different LENS & International Analogio Festival locative literature projects

An online panel with Stefaan van Biesen, Elspeth (Billie) Penfold, Andrew Stuck, Babak Fakhamzadeh, Lucy Jeffery, Sissy Papathanassiou and Geert Vermeire.

Can we shape a (digital) literary form using the world around us? What happens to literature when a reader is mobile?

A talk about locative literature projects, including projects initiated at the Analogio Festival in the last years, in which writers create original stories that respond to the presence of a reader and to places, or explore how ubiquitous technologies found within smartphones can allow us to produce literary augmented works.

In pandemic times new projects were developed involving literature and (limitations of) space, often at the same time locally and globally, and often exploring the potential of new technologies and through collaborative-collective actions.

Stefaan van Biesen creates collaborative libraries of (mind)walks – overlapping outdoors and indoors in his Library of Walks.

Elspeth (Billie) Penfold gathers writers and artists in her walking practice Thread and Word, to weave text and space together with CGeomap in In a different LENS.

Andrew Stuck is initiator of Shorelines, a global crowd sourced project in the frame of Sound Walk September, bringing together writers, reciters and places in locative maps. As well of Haiku Encounter, inspiring people to discover their city on foot.

Babak Fakhamzadeh’s Sauntering verse generates Dadaist poetry based on your physical location. Poetry created in front of your eyes during a walk.

Dr Lucy Jeffery (Mid Sweden University) is co-organizer, together with Professor Vicky Angelaki, of the upcoming online conference A New Poetics of Space: Literary Walks in times of Pandemics and Climate Change, in Sweden on December 7th. 

The Analogio Festival initiated the project Libraries as Gardens in 2018, and collected and distributed poems during the pandemic, read by their authors at home, creating new mindspaces during lockdown.

Geert Vermeire elaborated Libraries as Gardens in 2020, as an invitation to record in home reading spaces – collecting silences, memories and texts about gardens and walks- with the objective to create sound walks in gardens after the pandemic.

After a short presentation of the above projects the speakers engage in a conversation about literature and how words becomes (new) spaces.

Friday, 25 September 2020 at 1900-2100 BST 

Geert Vermeire

Geert Vermeire is a curator, poet and an interdisciplinary artist, living and working between Brazil, Greece and Belgium. As collaborator and team member of, and, and co-coordinator of the global community event Sound Wa...

Andrew Stuck

Andrew is the founder of the Museum of Walking, created to bring people together and to make and showcase walking pieces and performances. Andrew also is a podcaster, interviewing creative people who use walking as a catalyst for their practice. Talking Wa...

Stefaan van Biesen

Stefaan van Biesen

Since 1990 Stefaan van Biesen has made walks which he documents and displays in drawings, installations, photography, models, texts, videos and photographs. He regards the act of walking as a kind of subjective thought process in the urban and natural land...

Babak Fakhamzadeh

Netherlands / Iran / Brazil

Babak was working in ICT4D before it had a name (2001), never really left it, and knows how to throw together a pretty mean combination of a wide array of programming languages, both frontend and backend. He brought photomarathons to Africa (2007) and won ...

Elspeth Penfold

United Kingdom

Elspeth (Billie) Penfold (MRBS FRSA) is a textile artist who combines walking, weaving and performative storytelling. Billie uses hapticity and psychogeography to explore narratives. She hand spins ropes which are knotted by participants as part of perform...

Lucy Jeffery

Lucy Jeffery

Dr Lucy Jeffery is a Postdoctoral Researcher in English Literature at Mid Sweden University English Literature. Prior to this, she was based at the University of Reading where she was Postdoctoral Researcher for the Samuel Beckett Research Centre and Teach...

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