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Image Courtesy of the Wu Ming Foundation, and reproduced under the terms of the creative commons license

Image Courtesy of the Wu Ming Foundation, and reproduced under the terms of the creative commons license

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The Study Sessions: The Politics of Opacity

Unwriting the Author, with David Eckersley

25 Jul 2017

This series of study sessions will explore notions of ‘opacity’, ‘imperceptibility’ and ‘disappearance’ from a number of different perspectives, and in relation to questions of ethics, politics and aesthetics. More>>

This session will focus on two writing practices that in different ways challenge and problematise common conceptions of the modern author. We will explore the rich and fascinating work of the Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa (1888—1935), who through his system of heteronyms, generated a vast, complex, and interconnected galaxy of authorial positions which to this day remains only partially explored and understood. We will also explore the anonymous writing strategies of the Wu Ming Foundation, whose literary-activist practice problematises the way we understand the idea of the book and the author, developing what has been called a ‘literary militancy’ through a carefully considered collective politics of writing.

To book please email Merce at merce@nottinghamcontemporary.org

 

6.30-8.30pm
 
Free, The Meeting Room
 

David Eckersley is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Critical Theory, University of Nottingham and an associate lecturer in the critical practice of photography at Nottingham Trent University. He is currently undertaking a research placement with the public programme team at Nottingham Contemporary, which is supported by the M3C doctoral training partnership.

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