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Get Your Fleet Fix

20 Feb

The Fleet Library is organizing, hosting, and co-hosting three events this Spring that highlight the intersections of art, writing, and publication.

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Get ready for the (un)bound publication fair on Saturday, April 8, 2017. This free event—full of exhibits, workshops, speakers, and more—celebrates experimental printed matter created by local artists, designers, and publishers. You can find more information and register to exhibit your own artist’s books, zines, etc. at this website.

(un)bound will also feature a live reading at the closing reception. If you’re interested in giving a 5-minute performance that highlights how printed matter and speech/performance are translated into each other, email risdunbound@risd.edu with a proposal.

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Check out the exhibition of artists’ books created by fellow RISD students on display until May 12, 2017. All are in competition for four prizes, including addition to Fleet Library’s Artists’ Book collection. Mark your calendar for the opening reception on Wednesday, February 22, where the winners will be announced. See the website for more details.

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Fleet Library will be hosting an Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon on March 11, 2017, 1–5pm. This event is part of an annual, intercontinental push to create and improve Wikipedia pages that make visible the lives and work of underrepresented artists and to address the gender gap that exists across Wikimedia. To learn more about this local gathering and RSVP, visit the facebook page. You can also learn more about the larger movement on the Art + Feminism website.

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“You Are a Ffabschrifter”

12 May

Students of Lucinda Hitchcock and Rachel Ossip’s Shaping Language course spent the semester “ffabschrifting” — treating writing as making and making as writing and simultaneously creating content and form, each with the other in mind. The class hosted a final event/party downtown in the Design Office last night.

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Each student read their own poem/story/definition of “ffabschrifting,” and Hitchcock and Ossip read a transcript — no, a ffabschrift — of their own previous conversation about the course’s development and all the brilliant, unexpected ways students took on the role of ffabschrifter. This variety sparked some engaging debate: on the one hand, it seems like we are all ffabschrifters, whether we know it or acknowledge it or embrace it or not; at the same time, purposeful and conscious attention made all the difference to everyone’s process and resulting work.

The group then invited visitors into the discussion with some questions: Does ffabschrifting have to involve text? Is it limited to just writing and making? Is “ffabschrifting” the right word for what’s happening here? Amid all these loose ends, one thing was certain: ffabschrifting is more than a practice — it’s a movement. We love these ideas and these questions, and can’t wait to see how the movement advances.

Check out some of the class’s work on their website: http://shapinglanguage.tumblr.com/

The Shaping Language course will be offered to GD seniors and grad students again next year (and non-majors with permission from the instructor).

Ekphrasis in Action

17 Apr

Students in Nicholas Evans-Cato’s Foundation Design Section are exploring the relationship between art and writing. Their work involves painting from life and photographs, writing about that work, and painting from other students’ essays.

Check out the results, currently on display in the Waterman Gallery. The show will be installed until Monday, April 27th.
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Read, Write, Execute!

10 Nov

Nick Montfort’s work varies from literary generators to interactive fiction to a naming firm, Nomnym, all of which seem to blur the lines between writing and making. That’s why we’re excited to see Monfort speak here at RISD this Tuesday.

Check out nickm.com, to see more of Monfort’s work, and see the poster below for details on his talk. We hope to see you there.

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“It, Me, You, Us” Lecture Series

6 Oct

The Writing Center is very proud to be co-hosting “It, Me, You, Us: Close Encounters with Interpretation,” a series of lectures exploring varied ways of writing about and engaging with art, with an emphasis on the sensory, the subjective, and the shared. Why? Because experiencing art, thinking about art, and talking about art are all essential aspects of writing about art.

Don’t miss Mira Schor, one of our very favorite artist-writers, on October 16. And in the meantime, visit her blog, A Year of Positive Thinking.

Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 10.00.24 AMMira Schor, Portrait of My Brain, 2007. Oil on linen, 16 x 12 in.

Join In the Worldwide #wikiwomen Tribute

19 May

Wrap up your year with an exciting event that addresses a worthy issue. Don’t miss Writing for Wadewitz: An Adrianne Wadewitz Memorial Edit-a-Thon this Thursday, May 22, 1:30-6pm. Participants will gather at Brown’s Rockefeller Library and contribute to Wikipedia articles about under-represented people.

Here are a few of the many suggested topics in need of creation, expansion, or further research:

Check out the event website for more information and to RSVP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Providence/Brown_Wadewitz_Memorial_2014

 

Spring Break Grad Thesis Writing Retreat

11 Mar

This Spring Break, you don’t have time to lounge on a beach in Mexico or binge-watch House of Cards. This year, you’re working on your graduate written thesis. But you do deserve a break — an opportunity to put away distractions and focus on writing. You deserve a day or two at the Spring Break Grad Thesis Writing Retreat.

Check out the poster below for details and RSVP before it fills up.

Thesis Writing Retreat