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Goldsmiths
CCA

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Taking place over two evenings (18th / 19th March), this workshop responds to Nabokov’s notion of the tension film of “the now”, an idea which evokes the fragility of the present moment and our susceptibility to the seductive past, and brings it into conversation with Elizabeth Freeman’s work on queer temporalities. Participants will be invited to experiment with writing on the moving image, a medium that relies on temporal ruptures and allows us to re-examine normative narrative structures.

Specifically, the workshop will try to understand Nabokov and Freeman’s notions with reference to video recordings of dance: moving images of moving bodies. Over two consecutive evenings, using various dance scenes as prompts, participants will explore how a layer of tension might appear in (or be broken by) a text by experimenting with the role dance can play in writing. Some initial questions will be: as a non-verbal communicative form, how might dance be used to talk about and through the body, and about and through time, and what can we take from this into our writing? Can a text dance?

The workshop will be led by the writer Rosie Haward.

BIOGRAPHY

Rosie Haward is a writer based in Amsterdam. Her work engages with queer and feminist studies through experimental fiction writing, with a focus on visual culture, actresses and giddiness. She has an MA in Critical Studies from the Sandberg Instituut, and currently co-runs the queer reading group ‘Straight to Hell’.

Taking place over two evenings (18th / 19th March), this workshop responds to Nabokov’s notion of the tension film of “the now”, an idea which evokes the fragility of the present moment and our susceptibility to the seductive past, and brings it into conversation with Elizabeth Freeman’s work on queer temporalities. Participants will be invited to experiment with writing on the moving image, a medium that relies on temporal ruptures and allows us to re-examine normative narrative structures.

Specifically, the workshop will try to understand Nabokov and Freeman’s notions with reference to video recordings of dance: moving images of moving bodies. Over two consecutive evenings, using various dance scenes as prompts, participants will explore how a layer of tension might appear in (or be broken by) a text by experimenting with the role dance can play in writing. Some initial questions will be: as a non-verbal communicative form, how might dance be used to talk about and through the body, and about and through time, and what can we take from this into our writing? Can a text dance?

The workshop will be led by the writer Rosie Haward.

BIOGRAPHY

Rosie Haward is a writer based in Amsterdam. Her work engages with queer and feminist studies through experimental fiction writing, with a focus on visual culture, actresses and giddiness. She has an MA in Critical Studies from the Sandberg Instituut, and currently co-runs the queer reading group ‘Straight to Hell’.

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