On Writing and Drawing: Theorizing and Practising Creativity with Roland Barthes

Date: 12 November 2015 Time: Thursday 12 November, 11 am - 6 pm and Friday 13 November, 10 am - 12 pm

Venue: Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University

On Writing and Drawing: Theorizing and Practicing Creativity with Roland Barthes

Speakers: Rebecca Braun, Charlie Gere, Delphine Grass, Beth Harland, Sunil Manghani, Tom Mole, Eric Robertson.

Artworks exhibited by Jean Arp, Sally Morfill and Ana Čavić  

Thursday 12 November: Theorizing and Practising Creativity with Roland Barthes, 11am-6pm

This interdisciplinary symposium places Roland Barthes’s theoretical writings on forms of creativity alongside his lesser known, but substantial, archive of drawings. Although, or perhaps precisely because, Barthes did not consider his drawings to be ‘art’, they can be viewed through the lens of his work on the neutral, textual pleasure, and authorship, and may even be seen to throw their own light on these theories. Assessing the role of such alternative texts in the oeuvre of one influential thinker also encourages us to think more broadly about how creative processes can both unfold within and shift across multiple media. Our presentations explore the work of further writers and artists who employ multiple media, as well as considering the theoretical and practical shifts that have occurred in our understanding of the underlying concepts of ‘text’ and ‘author’ since the advent of digital media and platforms.

2015 is the centenary year of Barthes’s birth and this event takes place on the date of his birth, 12th November. The symposium is a collaboration between Insight, a creative research centre based at the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University (insight.lancaster.ac.uk) and Authors of the World, an AHRC-funded collaboration between researchers in the departments of European Languages & Culture, English & Creative Writing, Linguistics, and Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University .

Friday 13 November: Barthes Drawing Workshop, 10am-12pm

This hands-on drawing workshop, led by Beth Harland (Lancaster University) and Sunil Manghani (University of Southampton), will explore the theory and practice of Roland Barthes, through discussion, while making drawings. We will introduce some of Roland Barthes’s ideas on forms of creativity by thinking them ‘through’ practice. Barthes produced a considerable number of drawings himself and although, or perhaps precisely because, Barthes did not consider his drawings to be ‘art’, they can be viewed through the lens of his work on the neutral, textual pleasure, and authorship, and may even be seen to throw their own light on these theories.

The workshop is informal and it is not necessary to have expertise in drawing to take part.

Registration

Members of the public, affiliates of the hub, other academics: to sign up for the symposium on Thursday 12 November, please book your (free) place here: Online Registration.

Members of the public: To sign up for the workshop on Friday 13 November, please book your (free) place here: Online Registration.

Affiliates of the hub, other academics: to sign up for the workshop on Friday 13 November, please email AuthorsWorld@lancaster.ac.uk. 

Event website: http://www.authorsandtheworld.com/

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Who can attend: Anyone

 

Further information

Organising departments and research centres: English and Creative Writing, European Languages and Cultures, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Linguistics and English Language

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