thur 7 mar

Workshop #1
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Seeing Double: Writing Doppelgängers.
Writing workshop led by Prof Tim Cresswell, Royal Holloway University of London

Workshop #2
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Writing workshop led by Bram Thomas Arnold, Falmouth University
http://www.bramthomasarnold.com/

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Workshop #1
Seeing Double: Writing Doppelgängers.

“Freud was drawn to the unheimlich or unsettling or uncanny, whose definition he borrowed from the philosopher Freidrich Schelling: that which “ought to have remained secret and hidden but has come to light.” Psychoanalysis itself could seem uncanny, for it bought that was repressed into the open. Yet, “When all is said and done,” wrote Freud, “the quality of uncanniness can only come from the fact of the ‘double’ being a creation dating back to a very early mental stage, long since surmounted – a stage, incidentally, at which it wore a more friendly aspect. The ‘double’ has become a thing of terror, just as, after the collapse of their religion, the gods turned into demons.”

Hillel Schwartz, The Culture of the Copy 1996, p83.

Doppelgängers turn up frequently in literature. Poe’s William Wilson meets his exact double – stabs him and finds himself bleeding. In Dostoevsky’s The Double, Golyadkin encounters an exact double around St Petersberg who appears to want to destroy his reputation. Conrad’s Secret Sharer sees a ship’s captain rescue a sailor who confesses to murder. The sailor is so like the captain that the captian cannot help but help him. Speaking of sailing, Shelly is said to have encountered his doppelganger in Italy pointing out across the Mediterranean Sea where the poet would shortly die in a sailing accident. Clearly the exact or near double – the doppelganger – is a portent of a dark side. In this workshop we will explore a piece of doppelganger literature and start to write our own version – following ourselves around an uncanny landscape.

Bio

Tim Cresswell is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London where he teaches on the innovative inter-disciplinary Creative Writing MA – Place, Writing, Environment. He is also a poet and his first collection, Soil, is being published by Penned in the Margins in July 2013.

Workshop #2
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Writing workshop led by Bram Thomas Arnold, Falmouth University
http://www.bramthomasarnold.com/
Bram will introduce his particular interpretation of automatic writing to the group with a series of workshops to get you writing, building on these methods the group will then take to the streets of London before being brought back into the space to collaboratively write the city, a multiplicity of translations and adaptations, recreating versions of themselves. A journey through the streets of the endless city, the possibilities of London where hopes are raised or dashed in the blink of an eye, that perpetual hum where we all run as fast as we can, just to stay in touch.

Bio
Bram Thomas Arnold is an artist who also writes, he started with walking and kept going, into performance, drawing, installation and film. In the past he has run a library of English Literature from a gallery in New York, learned to translate Lithuanian, walked from London to Switzerland, built a shed, and laid a slab of tarmac in a forest. He studied a BA in contemporary Fine Art at the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University and undertook the worlds first MA in Arts&Ecology at Dartington College of Arts in 2006, he has exhibited his work both in the UK and abroad and had his written work published in books and magazines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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