Curate the Campus 2013: Words/Worlds with Tim Etchells

WORDS / WORLDS symposium

1.30pm-5.15pm, Thursday 9 May

To mark the appointment of Tim Etchells as Professor of Performance and Practice at LICA, Words / Worlds is an afternoon symposium focused on approaches to writing in an interdisciplinary context. The event takes its title from a two-part neon work All We Have is Words / All We Have is Worlds by Etchells, which quotes a line from Samuel Beckett.

Beginning with a keynote paper/performance from Etchells, which opens questions relating his to text-work in different media, WORDS / WORLDS proceeds with panels and presentations from visual artists Martin John Callanan and Penny McCarthy, from curator Mathieu Copeland, from the novelist Tony White and from the performance maker and scholar Andrew Quick.

WORDS / WORLDS celebrates the possibilities of a cross-disciplinary conversation between and about text-based work and writing. A statement by William Burroughs – that the purpose of writing is to make things happen – provides one point of departure for the discussions, which will see each of the participants touch upon keyworks and ideas from their practise as they think around texts and inter-texts, texts as interventions in, and transformations of, the world, texts as tests or probes of reality, and text as a tool for fragile and temporary world-building.


1.30pm Coffee and Registration

2–3.15pm Key Note Presentation: Words/Worlds: Tim Etchells

3.45–5.30pm Panel: John Callanan, Penny McCarthy, Tony White, Mathieu Copeland and Andrew Quick

Venue: The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster University

Free to attendees

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