Event Collective Informant: Ficto-Critical Writing Workshop

Collective Informant: Ficto-Critical Writing Workshop

With Simon Taylor (aka S.T. Lore)

09 May 2019
6–8pm

Join UNSW researcher Simon Taylor (aka fiction writer S.T. Lore) for an interactive workshop exploring modes of creative and critical writing. Participants will be guided through the process of creating a ficto-critical response to Fiona Connor’s Community Notice Board (Essex Street Market), on display now as part of the exhibition Haunt at the IMA.

First learn about text as a form of social engagement and strategy within art history, then produce your own short ficto-critical pieces using experimental forms inspired by Connor’s work such as classifieds, storytelling, citizen journalism, and grassroots or online activism. Drawing on Taylor’s research and fictional writing experiences, learn how to combine alternative critical approaches to create engaging responses to visual art.

These written responses to Connor’s work will be compiled and published as a poster to accompany the exhibition Haunt.

Guest Info
  • Simon Taylor

    Simon Taylor is a researcher at the University of New South Wales, who writes fiction under the pseudonym S.T. Lore. His recent writings include co-authoring a report on Artificial Intelligence and Education for the Gonski Institute; a critical data studies and trace ethnography project with Dr. Heather Ford focussed on Wikipedia, news cycles, crowd logics, and collective narrative; and a ficto-critical publication for Nicholas Mangan’s Termite Economies exploring 3D Printing, drone imaging, and insect communication.

Fiona Connor, 'Community Notice Board (Essex Street Market)', 2018. Custom bulletin board, silkscreen and UV print on aluminium, vinyl, pins, surface coatings, 95 x 98 x 8cm. Courtesy the artist, Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington, and Fine Arts, Sydney.

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