My current research interest is collaborative writing. It has been inspired by a book, An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, that Georges Perec wrote in 1974 by making observations on Place St-Sulpice in Paris. The aim is to replay this writing experiment within a group and to engage with the result, namely a multitude of observations stemming from intersecting perspectives.
At this point in spring 2020, I am looking at works from the 70’s that engage with non-fictional approaches, such as Chantal Akermans shortfilm La Chambre. It is intriguing how a non-fictional approach results in (technical) choices such as real time editing, breaking the fourth wall and the film camera moving 360°. In a similar line I have an interest in observational writing, and diverse restrictive writing assignments that evade fiction. Another issue that interests me are the liminal aspects of descriptive text, and to enquire into what can replace a failing medium.
One tentative function of Perec’s writing experiment might be a kind of re-instalment of the everyday in cold war Europe. What could this intent be today, and might it become a re-enactment of the everyday?
In my doctoral thesis issues of fictional potentialities are discussed, especially in contact with controlling master narratives, and I think what I am trying to express here is if fictional potentials or fictioning could be an option when realities are falling through.