The Next Objectivists & Ulysses
Thursday, June 14 (8 p.m.)
6932 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
free and open to the public
You are invited to attend a Next Objectivists meeting during which we will creatively explore James Joyce's Ulysses. We will read and discuss pieces of writing that have used Joyce's works as inspiration -- such as writings by John Cage.
In collaboration with the Borderbend Arts Collective, the Next Objectivists will celebrate Bloomsday by reading & writing through the "Eumaeus" episode of Ulysses.
This will be the first of a two-part workshop dedicated to Joyce & a question that has been haunting us for a while, which we have conceptualized as "radical banality." When, where & how does an overcommitment to the banal, the humdrum, the petty & quaint, the everyday slog & habitual mechanizations of routine pass over into its opposite--extraordinary puncture? How do we & might we feel about projects such as Joyce's, which novelize in epic fashion quotidian banalities?
Participants will be invited to workshop poems that use passages from Ulysses as grist. Several strategies will be used during writing activities, such as an Oulipo method. Some pieces of writing generated during this Next Objectivists meeting will be made available to the public by Bloomsday.
During the second workshop (on June 21), the Next Objectivists will continue to explore these questions by reading & writing our way through sections of Finnegans Wake (a word file of selections is attached). In both workshops, we will employ automatic writing, acrostics & other surrealist & oulipian techniques as keys to help us unlock these texts.
Join us! As always, the Next Objectivists' workshops are free and open to the public. All meetings are held at the Mess Hall.
Finally, the Next Objectivists' summer schedule is now available at www.nextobjectivists.blogspot.com.
Note: Click here to read the poems that were written during this workshop.