Walking with a Shell: Writing as a Somatic Practice

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Landings, paths, edges, and layers – what else? In my essay, I will discuss contemporary approaches to writing as an open-ended and transformative practice with enormous potential of producing spaces of hybrid understanding. However, the great contradiction of writing lies in the fact that writing is often defined as an artifact separate from the body that produces it, and accordingly, we often know what it is or should be instead of understanding how to get there. Writers are responsible for the production of their own maps, and even before that, they need to grant access to the landscape. I look at different attempts of defining the happening of writing (somatic, nomadic, companionship) and some tools that have been used in developing specific site-sensitive writing practices. Additionally, I discuss some hybrid memoirs as examples of how the multi-material writing fiber is produced, collected, and weaved together, as seen from the finished product perspective. My essay aims to discuss how embodied writing happens and why knowing about writing does not ensure one’s own writing to happen.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCarpa7 Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationElastic Writing in Artistic Research
EditorsPessi Parviainen
Place of PublicationHelsinki
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-353-052-2
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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