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Chance Operations

Saturday 14th September at 10:30am 4:00pm

If you think creative writing is not your thing, you will be pleasantly surprised by this exciting and stimulating workshop. In the course of a day, you will seek out words from newspapers, black out pages from books and interact with ‘Spinning Poetry’. The aim is to produce texts without conscious intention by picking up words according to simple rules. This may sound restrictive but it is actually liberating because of the arbitrary nature of the selection and without the worry of having to make sense, at least, not at first glance. Chance Operations deliver the sort of juxtapositions that would not normally occur to you and yet make perfect poetic sense. Random associations can trigger old and new ideas in an unexpected way. The whole exercise requires concentration and becomes meditative. Letting go is liberating when everything else we do is about making hard choices. 

The workshop involves demonstrations, experiments, refining of ideas with one-to-one support and finally group discussion and sharing of ideas. At the end of the day you will take home your own blackout poems that are visually striking works of art in themselves and some fresh ideas to develop further.

Of French and Italian heritage, writer and artist Martine Foltier Pugh grew up near Paris and has lived in Scotland since her early twenties.  She writes articles about art and was sole author of the book Marj Bond about the Scottish painter who lived in Fife. Her visual practice is text based. She is a member and regular exhibitor with the collective Heartwood Artists, has run a series of poetry workshops during an artist residency in Abbeyhill primary school in Edinburgh and earlier this year gave a very successful Chance Operations workshop in Birnam Arts.

Words inspire her, in a playful way, after the Surrealists’ random tactics. Her ‘Spinning Poetry’ installation holds over 300 ping pong balls, each with two words printed on opposite sides and was exhibited recently at the RSA. Viewers are invited to spin the balls, scramble the original text and create their own.

To book, please click on this Eventbrite link

£66 Includes Eventbrite fee, some materials plus tea and coffee
Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom
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