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The Writing Workshop @ Open Here Festival, Science Gallery this week…

07/06/2012

As part of the Open Here Festival The Writing Workshop will host a number of workshops. For anyone who wishes to come along, please bring your own pen & paper/notebook (digital or analog, whichever you prefer). Do book in advance to avoid disappointment – see links below.

Open Here Festival

CTVR / The Telecommunications Research Centre, in collaboration with the Dublin Art and Technology Association (D.A.T.A) present Open Here, a four day festival that addresses social, technological and cultural issues surrounding the notion of the digital commons.

Workshop: The Writing Workshop: Hacronym
Facilitator: Jessica Foley
Schedule: Thursday 28 June 4pm – 5.30pm
Location: Gallery 2, Science Gallery, Pearse Street, Dublin.
Admission: Free but booking recommended
Group: max 12 people

Acronyms are pervasive yet remarkably inconspicuous creatures. They lurk on the external walls of banks, they pepper memo’s meandering through bureaucratic cabinets, they cloak the everyday working practices of corporations and institutions in a guise of simplicity and efficiency.

We use them for shorthand digital slang [L.O.L.] and we use them to index the complex and idiosyncratic occupational jargon of disciplines and industries, from education to engineering. Apparently useful devices, they frequently confuse, undermine and inhibit understanding. The Acronym’s seemingly objective and cool personality belies something perhaps a little more sinister…

So isn’t it about time that the Acronym was hacked? Isn’t it about time that we opened this creature out? Isn’t it about time that these letters associated by dots and other letters told their own story? Isn’t it?!

The Hacronym Writing Workshop offers a place & time to reconsider, reinterpret and misinterpret those acronyms that, perhaps unconsciously, have been plagueing and undermining our communicative potential day-to-day.

No previous verbal hacking or writing experience required. The Workshop will be facilitated by Jessica Foley, in the spirit of The Writing Workshop. Please bring along your own writing technology: paper, pens, laptops, etc.

Workshop: The Writing Workshop: RSVP
Facilitator: Jessica Foley
Schedule: Friday 29 June 5pm – 7pm and Saturday 30 June 4.30pm – 6pm
Location: Gallery 2 @ Science Gallery, Pearse Street, Dublin.
Admission: Free but booking recommended
Group: max 12 people

These writing workshops will give participants a chance to respond to themes raised throughout the 4 day festival, which will range from discussions on the digital commons, open spectrum,technological obsolescence, net-art, future networks and the mysterious phenomenon of the ‘transdisciplinary’. If at all possible participants should have attended at least one of the talks, workshops or events happening during the open here festival.

The workshops will be informal, facilitating lively discussion and uninhibited writing, whether factual or fictive.

Please bring along your own writing technology: paper, pens, laptops, etc.

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The Writing Workshop @ openhere festival: 28th June – 1st July 2012

15/05/2012

As part of the upcoming openhere festival, there will be a number of writing workshops responding to themes raised throughout the 4 day festival, which will range from discussions on the digital commons, open spectrum, ‘zombie’ media, ‘net-art’, next generation networks and the mysterious phenomenon of the ‘transdisciplinary’.

The workshops will be informal, with plenty of tea and comfort provided to ensure lively discussion and uninhibited writing, whether factual or fictive! Watch this space for more information, and read on below for details on the Festival:

 

CTVR / The Telecommunications Research Centre, in collaboration with the Dublin Art and Technology Association (D.A.T.A) present openhere, a four day festival that addresses social, technological and cultural issues surrounding the digital commons.

What does it mean to be open today?

If we speak of ‘the commons’ today as a general phenomenon, this has a lot to do with the modes of production, consumption and distribution that have emerged over the last two decades around information and communication technologies. This period has seen a growing emphasis on the social and juridical implications of peer-production and sharing in the online domain, where a range of nonmarket and non-proprietary activities such as open source software, remix culture and commons-based peer production have lead some to propose the advent of a ‘digital socialism’. However, as sharing and openness become the watchwords of the new corporation, as the commons is increasingly central to capitalism, such positions are no longer straightforward.

Open Here will bring together a transdisciplinary community of critical theorists, engineers, artists, designers and industry professionals to expand debates surrounding the digital commons. Key points of discussion will include the conflictive spaces of the digital commons, tactical media, net-art, digital policy, disruptive wireless practices, next-generation networks and the political economy of infrastructure.

This festival take the form of talks, presentations, workshops, discussions and screenings. It will be held in The Science Gallery and in CTVR headquarters in Trinity College and runs from June 28th to July 1st, 2012.

 

 

Persistence of…

15/03/2011

The Writing Workshop


Weds 23rd March from 5.30 – 7pm

at the Joinery Gallery as part of Alchemical Reserve

facilitated by Jessica Foley

This workshop will take place at the Joinery Gallery and will draw its subject matter from the exhibition Alchemical Reserve – there will be experiments with thaumotropes (simple homemade 19th century animation devices) and wisdom from the i-ching, and mostly there will be chat, writing and tea drinking. No experience required, all welcome.

Please contact jessica.dylan.foley@gmail.com to reserve a spot or inquire for more information. (If you get to us by 6pm you will still be able to take part!)

LOCATION

The Joinery
6 Rosemount Terrace
Arbour Hill
Stoneybatter
Dublin 7

http://www.thejoinery.org/events/alchemical-reserve

Contact Miranda or Feargal on 086 9815370, 086 3313690, thejoinery@gmail.com or drop in for more info.

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All quiet, but there’s still a pulse!

23/02/2011

Terribly sorry for the quietness – things are dormant, in rest, but not gone, no indeed. There is still a pulse! Prior to Christmas we had a run of workshops in various locations about the city center, but the lack of one space to work from on a consistent basis took it’s toll in the end. That and the fact that we’d just put down a year where several members of the workshop had exhibited & workshopped in both P.S.1, New York City, & Tate Modern, London in the space of about 5 months! A pretty eventful year indeed.

But, as I’ve said, the workshop is not gone. Simply put, we will be ‘ideas’ motivated from now on, rather than schedule motivated (as in meeting up every two weeks). So, if anyone is interested in hosting a writing workshop, or has an good idea for one, then the workshop will surely rise from it’s leafy slumber & trot amongst the language fields once again!

At the moment, the workshop is sleepy & dreaming sweet dreams… and, well, dreams are the beginning

Upcoming Workshop: Sunday 21st November, 5pm @ The Trinity Capital Hotel

15/11/2010

What is the Colour of Soft? PART II

The last session related to developing sensory descriptions in writing, through experience, was so effective, we’re going to try it again – for anyone who didn’t make it to the last session, please follow the guidelines above – to bring a tactile object of some description with you.

Below is a sample of what went on at the last session:

Dada inspired group project

09/11/2010

From our Dada-style cut and paste workshop, we came up with an idea for a group project.

In the vein of Dada inspired writing, it was decided that the ‘About’ section of The Writing Workshop blog would be the chosen subject for being cut up and rearranged. The plan is for different members of The Writing Workshop to re-cut and rearrange the piece again and again, eventually leaving us with several versions of the ‘About’ section, as well as a somewhat sculptural piece or writing.

Pictured above is the first re-arrangement by me (Aisling). To see it larger, click on it.

Upcoming Workshop: 5pm on Sunday 7th November, The Trinity Capital Hotel

02/11/2010

What is the Colour of Soft?

7.11.10

ATTENTION ATTENTION!!! The Writing Workshop will take place this coming Sunday at a new venue, The Trinity Capital Hotel on Pearce Street in Dublin’s City Centre. We’re going to kick off at 5pm – so it’ll be a bit of an afternoon tea affair, very luxurious upholstery will enhance the theme of this weeks workshop me thinks! So without further ado, feast your eyes upon the next workshop agenda, please note you have to bring along AN INTERESTING TACTILE OBJECT, so read on:

This Workshop has been devised & will be facilitated by Kay Inckle.

 

THE TRINITY CAPITAL HOTEL

Here’s The Trinity Capital Hotel on the map, it’s pretty sprawling, so have a wander round when you get in to find us! See ya there! 🙂

 

 

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