Writing : Panel Discussion

10am  30th June

Facilitated by Mark Leahy with a selection of writers and artists: Emma Bolland, Josie Cockram, Sara Bowler and J. R. Carpenter 

Thinking of writing as a supplement, as happening in parallel, as offering an expansion, as acting to complement art practices or the making of art.
The panellists bring four distinct but related perspectives on intersection of art practices with writing. Writing and words as moving among and between practices, and writing as a practice of putting into motion, of shifting and shuffling and displacing. Emma Bolland considers expanded senses of translation, where writing as an act or event can offer opportunities for the unread or overlooked to meet a viewer or reader. Translation opens up to others, as collaborators, and opens across modes of listening, hearing, reading and making. Josie Cockram takes titles as a starting point, themselves a translation or interface between modes of representation. She considers fiction and other written narrative forms as sources for artists, and as a parallel world that can sometimes feel remote, and sometimes may be stepped into. Sara Bowler looks at the complex relationship between artists and documents, whether written archival materials or specific local particular stories of places or people. Her examination of the tensions between use of data, facts or sources and their translation in the art-making process teases at conflicting ethical demands. J. R. Carpenter questions the status of image and imaging at an intersection of the digital and the physical. Looking at a specific body of graphic work her lingual play with these documents draws out narratives of mapping, reading, and pleasure. Together these artists will offer brief provocations to prompt discussion of how writing implements, supplements and  complements art practices.

Facilitated by House of Prints & UNIT3

House of Prints was founded on a strong belief in the intrinsic value, artistry and craftsmanship of original prints.

Through expert content covering printmaking techniques, locations, artists and collectives, as well as behind the scene and personal stories, House of Prints provides a platform for people to discover, experience, appreciate and collect original prints.

With a strong remit of supporting contemporary artists, House of Prints will lead on the writing and publishing symposium event happening alongside SYNESTHESIA II.

UNIT3 is an artist-led studio, performance, exhibition and project space in Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

UNIT3 provides artists with long and short-term studio facilities alongside opportunities to experiment and take risks; trying out new ideas within their practice.

UNIT3 works closely with local communities by providing engagement opportunities including workshops, exhibitions, talks and creative led community projects.