Exquisite Corpse and Other Games: Collaborative Writing in the Surrealist Tradition

Surrealism has long offered a fertile field of experimentation that taps into the subconscious creativity percolating in all of us. From its earliest practitioners such as André Breton to its more contemporary, internet-driven devotees like Kenneth Goldsmith, surrealism reminds us of the radical joy of wordplay and the endless possibilities of writing.

On Thursday, November 29 between 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm, MLC Research Associate Dr. Mark Silverberg will lead the workshop “Exquisite Corpse and Other Games: Collaborative Writing in the Surrealist Tradition” at the MLC Gallery (111 Gerrard Street East, Ground Floor). Exploring the theories and techniques of this avant-garde movement, attendees will have the opportunity to create art pieces through the communal gaming, automatic writing, and experimental collaging practiced by the surrealist greats. Participants should bring a journal, a copy of their favourite poem, and a willingness to create. No other experience required, and all are welcomed.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to admin@mlc.ryerson.ca. Limited seats available. Free for all Ryerson students, staff and faculty, as well as the general public.

Seminar leader Mark Silverberg is a Visiting Research Associate at the MLC Research Centre. He is an Associate Professor of English at Cape Breton University and editor of New York School Collaborations: The Color of Vowels (2013). His poetry can also be found in Believing the Line: The Jack Siegel Poems (2013).


Exquisite Corpse and Other Games: Collaborative Writing in the Surrealist Tradition

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