Sunday, February 24, 2008

collaborative shoutout / some pet projects

Collaboration is a topic which has been, well, bugging me a lot lately: I keep waking with the thought, ‘we poets need to collaborate more, dammit!’ Not just with other poets, but with creators from other fields, from far and wide. There’s no doubt that recent technological advances have opened many doors for artistic collaboration, but I still feel the potential is largely untapped. I’ve been involved in collaborative blogs in the past, but I have three other pet projects in this vein:

1. Harnessing the potential of wikis for online collaboration between poets, as well as other writers/creators.

2. Thieving an approach/technique from electronic music, namely remixing (where any number of other writers are given license to remix an original piece, with the results being published side by side... or not). I've tried this out once with a friend, and thought it worked well. The crux of this one is feeling comfortable about someone else 'messing' with your work, and maybe transforming it into something very different from what you'd originally intended.

3: Videopoetry, in the tradition of the mind-flexing music clips you see on Rage at 2am, being a collaboration between poet(s), scriptwriter(s), filmmaker(s), musician(s), kitchen sink(s), and maybe someone with one of those ‘managerial’ brains to make the whole thing come together.

Also, for a long time I've been wanting to collaborate with a visual artist / painter / photogapher, writing poems based on their work, and/or having them producing artwork based on my poems... which isn't to say that other poets couldn't also be involved. There's plenty of potential to play games with this kind of arrangement, where maybe you collaborate on a work bit by bit, reacting to different stages of drafting/creation, with the ability to lead the collaboration in a new direction, or follow the lead of your collaborative partner on a particular idea or effect...

Anyone interested to take part in one or more of these ideas? If so, post a comment, or email me (my email's available in my Blogger profile).


  1. yes: this is all true. i'm particularly interested in wiki-potential, something that can connect us geographically-limited writers.

    by the way, are you going to newcastle for tina / critical animals in october? i'm working on a collaborative type performance - drop me a message of you are...

  2. hey stu,

    thanks for completing my survey, much appreciated, and thanks for the direction to your blog :D

    collaboration is something that i'm keen to try out more, though i have a tendency to be far too insular and work alone a lot - but definitely the idea of having work written by others inspired by my artwork, or creating images inspired by others' writing is something i would enjoy (the latter being what i was doing for vignette press and the big issue last year).

    things are a bit hectic until early april (when i guess things might get potentially more hectic! eep!) but definitely keep me in the loop :D