Spike Island

Hypotext Writing Workshopwith Holly Corfield Carr


Tuesday 5 March 2013, 6pm


Free for Spike Associates
Booking essential

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Join writer-in-residence Holly Corfield Carr to discuss her collaborative writing project and to find out how to get involved. 

After introducing her practice, the author leads participants in a lo-fi, high energy workshop designed for writers of all genres and levels of experience as well as visual artists, performers and creative technologists.

The activity introduces a heat-sensitive text designed by Corfield Carr.  Participants are invited to touch, interrupt and alter variations of a forgotten folk tale about a woman forced to live in another's skin. The temperature of the reader's hands determine the narrative, frustrating the assumed agency of the interactive reader tracing themselves through the hypertextual.  Instead Hypotext takes its cues from our desire for text and technology to return our warmth, to know us and anticipate us with apparent accuracy of a clairvoyant's ‘cold reading’.  To keep ‘in touch’.  Plainly, to be a second skin.

Moving between haptics, poetics and palimpsests, this session guides participants to consider different modes of collaboration in writing and reading with the aim of producing a new narrative that writers, visual artists and creative technologists can use in their own practices.

Holly Corfield Carr

Holly Corfield Carr received an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and won the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015. Her site-specific work has been commissioned for museums and galleries across the UK as well as for an orchard, an eighteenth-century crystal grotto and a passenger ferry called Matilda. She has performed her work on BBC Radio 4 and at the Royal Albert Hall for the Proms on BBC Radio 3. Her latest books, Indifferent Cresses and Subsong (2018), are published by the National Trust.

Holly Corfield Carr's website