The London Zine Symposium is an annual event that was set up in 2005 in the Institute for Autonomy - a squatted social centre in central London - to bring together zinesters, radicals and comic creators to celebrate DIY culture. The idea is to build a stronger DIY network and community by having people meet up, chat, maybe participate in a workshop or two but definitely have a good time.
The 6th annual symposium is, among other workshops, hosting In Other Worl(d)s!
In Other Wor(l)ds
An exercise in collaborative writing of feminist-queer Sci-Fi
At the workshop, we are going to hold individual authorship hostage for two hours. We won’t wait for inspiration. We won’t worry about controlling the narrative either. Instead, we are going to try to queer the rigid conventions of genre and gender together. We are going to disguise ideas as characters and genderfuck with them by relating or transforming gender variant human characters to aliens, cyborgs, monsters, mechano-plants and other queer creatures.
In Other Wor(l)ds workshop is a variant of the Surrealist game Exquisite corpse. Each participant begins by writing her own story. Fifteen minutes later, he passes the piece to the next person. After reading it, xe continues where the other person stopped. The workshop is finished when everyone has written a part of every story and when they are read aloud to the amazed amusement of all.
Everyone is welcome! Please, bring a pen and some paper.
Stories from previous workshops: Civilmedia Salzburg (2009) and Ladyfest Amsterdam (2008).
Saturday, May 29th at 17.00
The Rag Factory, Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ (just off Brick Lane on Heneage Street, about 400m north of Rough Trade and the Truman Brewery.)
station: Liverpool Street Station
tube: Aldgate East
bus: 205, 25, 254, 67, 15