Tweeter’ the workshop: practice in writing

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When: Friday the 14th August 2015

Duration: 2pm-5:30pm with a coffee break between 3:30pm to 4pm

Contact organisers: a.maragiannis [at] gre.ac.uk

Organisers: click images for bio


Anastasios Maragiannis – University of Greenwich, London, UK


Prof Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK









Keywords: Twitter; Subjectivisation; Territories; Conceptual; Sensations; Typography; Writing; Creativity; Technology; Design; Sensations; Idiosyncratic; Communal Knowledge;

Is the workshop right for me?

Are you a creative person?
Are you involved in creative writing; Visual Arts and Design?
Do you like the use of technology through creative practice?

Then this workshop is for you. You can come alone or with a friend or we can introduce you to someone else in the session. you can work as individual or in a team, you can interact with the people around you but also you can question, advice, participate in any form. This is a creative workshop that help you to understand the rapid technological innovations of our every day life.

Workshop Description

We are currently at a transition between being completely overwhelmed by mass production of technological innovations and trying to understand the “concealed” value or our role in this process. This workshop will explore the use of typographic elements and text through interdisciplinary screen based design practices. It is based on the user experience captured through a series of experimental workshops driven by key design principles: readability, usability, and interaction; and focusing on an in-depth analysis of the screen in relation to type, and its use not only for reading purposes, but also on our role through this interaction process: “the human screen relationship”. A tweeter approach that will allow the participants to explore new ways of reading and writing.

The first step would be to devise ways for dismantling the most obvious and accepted of connections, be they between words, colours, shapes, or ideas. The next step would be to bring together elements (be they word, colours, shapes or facts) that have never been linked before. Then follows a crucial third step: mere linkages are insufficient, as witnessed in many drug-takers’ meaningless ramblings or schizophrenics” neologisms – nonsense words.
The critical third issue- the all-important necessary and sufficient condition – is that the new combination of colours/words/ideas triggers new extensive connections: new ‘meaningful’ associations in both the creator and ideally others. We see the world, thanks to the creation in question, in a new way because the extensive and therefore ‘meaningful’ associations have formed in our brains, previously triggered by these novel juxtapositions of previously disparate elements”

This exercise is based on Oulipo, or Workshop of Potential Literature. This is a group of writers and thinkers interested in the notion of “constraint”.
Creatively rearrange/deconstruct/randomize all of the words and re-construct a short narrative, prose or poem using the words in any order you like.
Try to spend about 30 mins individually or together and think about making the piece of writing up to around 100/150 words so we can discuss afterwards. You can think of constraint as something like the rules of a game. For example, the rules of the sonnet game result in the creation of a sonnet. The rules of the short story game result in the creation of a short story. Are there other rules? New games? New things to create?
By asking those questions, the Oulipo has become a workshop of potential literature.

Equipment: Participants can bring their own laptops, or any other portable device