CAST, Helston, UK, February 2017


Via a practice of making, how can defamiliarising and destabilising the various gestures and components of the writing act, help us better understand it?

Through a taxonomy of writing gestures, along with critical observations and playful responses to the themes that surround them, Various Writings’ Code–Tool–Surface residency attempted to map out and explore the many ‘probable, preferable, plausible & possible’* future forms of writing through practice-based and theoretical experiments and tests. By making these ‘different futures tangible… we [could] debate them’, interrogate them and in doing so, better understand them, to inform an alternative viewpoint of writing.

This one-week residency at CAST, Helston, became an intensively focussed period of collaboration and project development in which we examined how a three-way creative conversation might produce collective and individual studio-based outputs and new teaching methodologies.

* Stuart Candy, 2010, Conference held in March 2011 as part of UC. Berkeley’s Design Futures Series

Anthony Dunne, Interview, 2008,

The Cornubian Arts & Science Trust (CAST) is an educational charity. It was established in 2012 and has developed out of a series of contemporary art events organised in Cornwall since 2010.

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