8 February, 2021
EOI deadline: Monday 22 February, 11:59pm
Workshop: Saturday 6 March, 2-4pm
Running Dog is thrilled to be participating in No Show at Carriageworks, an exhibition of 11 NSW-based artist-led initiatives from 12 February – 7 March.
As part of this exhibition, Running Dog Assistant Editor & Poetry Editor Hannah Jenkins and Running Dog contributor Rory Green will deliver a digital poetry workshop for ten participants.
Digital poetry has never been more approachable! From animated text to interactive prose, to generative and corpus-based poems, digital poetry is constantly evolving and challenging expectations of what it means to create with computers and the internet.
This free workshop is designed for writers who have some experience already with digital technology and/or are interested in using technology for poetic purposes. While technology-agnostic, a majority of the examples discussed in the workshop will focus on web technologies (e.g. HTML/CSS/JS). We’ll discuss broad and individual challenges, analyse existing work and even start to draft new works so you can:
Critically read, tinker with and assess contemporary digital poetry through a number of frameworks.
Write, re-write or publish your own work, ensuring it meaningfully engages with the unique multimedia and interactive possibilities within digital poetry.
Our focus is on how we can push digital poetry beyond a showcase of tools, into well-realised and reflective works of art. As digital poet Orit Kruglanski says:
Art in very new or unfamiliar technology tends, on first encounter, to exhibit its technology, provoking a ‘cool!’ response from its audience, regardless of its specific content….How can I make this ‘coolness effect’ participate in what I wish to say without it becoming what I am saying?
As this workshop has limited space and a specific focus, we’re asking for expressions of interest and will select ten participants based on how relevant the workshop is to their practice and what benefit we can deliver. We’re asking applicants to answer two questions as part of the selection process to make sure this workshop will be as useful and applicable as possible to the successful participants. You will be asked to show us an example of your work and give two sentences on it, and to briefly describe what you hope to get out of the workshop.
Running Dog particularly encourages submissions from diverse writers, including First Nation, queer and/or trans writers, people of colour and writers of all genders and abilities.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Access, requirements and Covid-19 safety:
Please note, the workshop will be held in person at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh.
Participants will need to bring their own computer (or let us know in advance if this isn’t possible).
Carriageworks is a registered COVID-Safe business. To ensure the wellbeing of our visitors, we are following strict guidelines set by NSW State Government and Live Performance Australia. Help us keep everyone safe by reading Carriagework’s COVID-Safe Plan before your visit. In line with recent regulations, all visitors will be required to wear a mask in the public space, Bay 21 Exhibition and in the theatre spaces.
Carriageworks is wheelchair accessible. If you need a wheelchair, please see staff at the visitor services desk on arrival or call +61 2 8571 9099 to arrange prior to your visit. An access ramp leading to the main entrance is located at street level at 245 Wilson Street. Accessible parking is available at the end of Carriageworks Way. Enter via 229 Wilson Street. The Carriageworks car park includes four mobility parking spaces. Accessible toilets are located off the public space within the main building.
About Rory Green:
Rory Green is a writer, editor and digital media artist with a focus on interactive and computer-generated poetry. Between 2018-2020 they were an editor for Voiceworks Online, a web publication for experimental digital writing and art by young Australians. Rory has taught digital literature through Express Media‘s Toolkits: Digital Storytelling program, as well as workshops for Digital Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, and the National Young Writers Festival.
Rory’s work has been published in journals including Australian Poetry Anthology, The Lifted Brow, Rabbit, Plumwood Mountain and Scum Mag, and at events including BLEED Festival and Freeplay Festival. In 2019 Rory was the inaugural poet-in-residence for the Running Dog Poetry Micro-Residency.
About Hannah Jenkins:
Hannah Jenkins is an arts writer and poet specialising in digital platforms and online writing experiments. They are the Assistant Editor & Poetry Editor of Running Dog, commissioning creative and challenging arts criticism, and overseeing the poetry micro-residency program.
Hannah is also Co-Director and Treasurer at Firstdraft, the longest-running artist-led organisation in Australia. Hannah’s video works have been presented at Black Box, Sick Leave and Subbed In events. You can find Hannah’s written work in Overland, Runway, The Suburban Review, The Lifted Brow, Scum Mag and much more.
About No Show:
Carriageworks invites eleven artist-led initiatives from across New South Wales for No Show. Including artist-run spaces, studios, cooperatives, digital platforms and online publications, each group presents an independent program that profiles early career and under-represented artists. Across three weeks, artists and writers work within the discrete but connected spaces designed by architects Youssofzay + Hart.
About Running Dog:
Running Dog is an online arts publication that publishes long-form articles on contemporary art. Since its inception in 2017, the editorial ethos of the publication has been two-fold: firstly, to expand the culture of criticism around contemporary art, and secondly, to provide a necessary platform for experimental modes of arts writing. Running Dog has published reviews, features and poetry, as well as a series of special issues. Above all else, we endeavour to create a multi-vocal space for emerging and established writers who wish to challenge the modes of contemporary arts writing and rethink the potential of the digital space.
Running Dog acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of the land that facilitates the creation of this project. This land was never ceded and was taken by violence. We pay our respects to their elders past and present, and their descendants.