[spectre] /...Exquisite_Code...February 15 - 19th & 20th 2010...E:vent Gallery, London. E2...Print. Launch. Read. Evaluate.../

j j at xxn.org.uk
Tue Feb 2 10:49:04 CET 2010

/...Exquisite_Code...February 15 - 19th & 20th 2010...10-6pm 
daily...E:vent Gallery, 96 Teesdale St. London. E2...8 Writers pitched 8 
hours a day for 5 days against despotic edit-code...Yield: one 
book...Print. Launch. Read. Evaluate.../

/...Forget insulation from the cold nagging existential doubt or refuge 
in stories comforting the General Intellect; a dark Forest of Things is 
foregrounded in exquisite_code, a radical constructivist experiment that 
hothouses a collaborative writing production.../

/..Eight international writers will work eight hours a day for five days 
generating text-prompts, text and edit-software in unrelenting 
micro-sessions to create a cadaverous exquisite_code life-novel . Text 
will be produced in response to prompts conspired by the writers at the 
end of each session. But only after bespoke edit-software has wormed its 
way through it, cutting, chewing and spitting gobbets of the text into a 
dump from which the life-novel will be elaborated. This edit-worm is 
itself interrogated and re-written in scheduled code writing sprints by 
the writers. At all times all participants are available for public 
scrutiny and interaction, and all writing will be on live display whilst 
continuously extruded as hardcopy from line printers.../

/...The event will culminate in a Saturday night exquisite_code LAUNCH 
PARTY (7.30 -11.30pm) on 20th February at E:vent Gallery with extracts 
of the novel presented to the public through human-machine readings, 
performances and detournements made by participants from the week's 
accumulated materials. Publication of all code, prompts and final text 
will be by way of print-on-demand publication in collaboration with 

/...Leif Elggren [SWE] writer/artist/performer 
http://www.leifelggren.org; Mara Goldwyn [US] writer/performer 
http://maragoldwyn.wordpress.com/writing/; Dave Griffiths [UK/FI] 
artist/coder/performer http://www.pawfal.org/dave/; Brendan Howell 
[US/DE] writer/coder/artist http://wintermute.org/brendan/; Jonathan 
Kemp [UK] writer/artist http://xxn.org.uk; Laura Oldfield Ford [UK] 
writer/artist http://www.savagemessiahzine.com/; Eleanora Oreggia 
[IT/NL] writer/coder/artist/performer http://xname.cc/; Sabrina Small 
[US] writer/artist http://www.foodandfootage.com; / with additional 
performances from Martin Howse [UK/DE] http://www.1010.co.uk/org; 
Preslav Literary School [UK/DE] http://www.preslavliteraryschool.co.uk; 
and Ryan Jordan [UK] http://ryanjordan.org .../

/...E:vent Gallery is near Bethnal Green Tube Station. Buses 106, 254, 
253, 48 and 55 pass close by. see http://www.eventnetwork.org.uk/contact 

/...This is an exquisite_code production in collaboration with E:vent 
Gallery, London, Openmute.org, and supported by Arts Council England.../


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