The Unfinished Dream is an experimental writing collection, an artist book, a short film and a performance. It began as an experiment in applying Ernst Bloch’s utopian theory to creative writing practice, inspired by the text works of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.
Ernst Bloch’s Teleological Paradox: The temporal tension in Bloch’s utopian philosophy There is a tension in Ernst Bloch’s utopian philosophy between the ideas of the ‘Not-Yet’ and the ‘Totality’, which many critics have explored. Throughout his body of literature, which documents his development of a utopian philosophy spanning the twentieth century (from Geist der Utopie … Continue reading Ernst Bloch’s Teleological Paradox
[Notes from a Drawn to the Page workshop at The Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, on my first encounter with Sweatopia (The Cry of the Gland II) by Jitish Kallat, 2010] dense matting of human piled up motor vehicles abstracted body parts scattered words on a barbed wire fence the sweat of my bones breaking out of my … Continue reading Border : Crossing
How many frames in a five-second film? Forty-five in 1894: that’s nine frames per second. Each moment captured one-ninth of a second’s presence and the sneeze from beginning to end lasted five seconds. In the film, I see the sneeze sneezing before my very eyes. A phantasmagoria – this ghost from the past: a man long dead who lives on in his eternal sneeze.
Wrapped in music, eyes closed then wide open, Mi casts shapes and shadows on the walls of the barn. She’s immersed in herself and this moment; the moon above and the circle of revellers; she’s never felt so alive, so real and so free. The changing beats and pulsing rhythms move her muscles, blood and bones from deep within. She’s open, swirling, reaching for the stars, then crouching, curling, stalking on all fours. So alive. She feels her heart and soul beating, breathing, being.
Like rolling waves that crash and suck against a pebbled shore, Berg's narrative streams in and out of consciousness: a world creating and uncreating itself in rhythmic tides.
Figured through the metaphor of Ernst Bloch’s Gothic lines, Woolf’s explorations of the utopian possibilities of language, consciousness, community, society, space and time resonate with the powerful undercurrent of negative dialectics and the possibility of becoming. Bloch, in his essay on the utopian function of architectural structures, provides a compelling and energetic metaphor for the study of the utopian dynamics at play within the literary text. Through the metaphors of stone and line it is possible to explore the ways in which utopian desire inhabits and drives a text structurally and stylistically.
She’s nothin’ like they say she is, you know. Green-haired, frog-faced, sucker-fingered creature, with the tail of a six-foot eel. I mean, most people don’t even realise she’s a woman. But I’ve seen ‘er, so I know.
As promised, here's some of my favourite previously unpublished experimental writing. It's from a collection called The Unfinished Dream, which I submitted for my MA final dissertation. The collection is structured around the seasonal cycles and the ogham alphabet, so I'll be posting regular extracts throughout the year at the appropriate times. And if you're interested, … Continue reading Beith: Beginnings
As promised, here's some of my favourite previously unpublished experimental writing. It's from a collection called The Unfinished Dream, which I submitted for my MA final dissertation. The collection is structured around the seasonal cycles and the ogham alphabet, so I'll be posting regular extracts throughout the year at the appropriate times. And if you're interested, … Continue reading Beith