PERFORMING WRITING

 

POP Poetry Auckland Council

This film shows the event of Malone's poem, 'Te Great White Way' being projected live onto a large screen in K-Rd during the Pop Poetry event. Typed and filmed by Rebecca Kunin, 2018.

 

PERFORMING 

WRITING 

Performing, Writing Symposium, Wellington 2017
I silently presented my paper...

I delivered my paper in the event, ‘Turn Four’. The introduction to this turn / event in the symposium, given in the curatorial statement, questions how voice performs its ‘textual cousin.’ The statement questions how our bodies sense rather than only hear, and how writing, when read through voice and mixed with breath ‘expands exponentially’.


It became a focus of my presentation that voice ‘expand exponentially’. I played with the notion of being ‘in voice’ through an ‘invoice’. The paper I had written on Olson’s ‘Proprioception’ which later formed my second and third chapters of my exegesis, was presented as ephemera. Before I entered the room, I had arranged for each of the eight or so tables, with approximately four to six people at each table, to be handed a part of my paper (each page had been shredded in half). I also left the same material from the tuigen I was wearing, shredded handwriting on architecture paper, on their chairs (whilst the symposium was in a break). When the attendees re-entered the space they were left to work with this ephemera as they desired.


I entered from outside, breathing Olson’s, ‘heart by way of breath to the line’ in Morse code. I was miked to the room, and the audience heard my breathing before they saw me. I entered, wearing the tuigen cloak (shredded handwriting woven). On arriving at the podium, I turned to my paper, and mimed the whole paper. I showed a PowerPoint which outlined the ideas of in presentation. 


The participants, being sympathetic of course to writing and its performativity, engaged generously. Many started to read out loud their halved pages, others tried to join them, some started their own performances. When I had finished miming my whole paper, I then closed with the breathing. The key concepts of my presentation, and guidance for the audience was stated in the PowerPoint.


Afterwards, I received ‘gifts’ of other’s creations they had done whilst I had performed my paper—these can be seen here.

 
 
Poster

Performance Writing,
University of Auckland, 2017

I did my second silent presentation at this one day symposium with John Hall, et al., organised by Lisa Samuels. 
(Media to follow)

 

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