The Open Office for Words

Announcing the themes for the months of January and February 2009

January’s theme at the The Open Office for Words is Memory, coininciding with the launch of the publication Resonant Bodies, Voices, Memories just a few days prior at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.

Some starting points into this topic might include questions such as:

How is memory activated and how do acts of memory affect us? How does our ability to remember shape our identity and what happens to our sense of self when our ability to remember brakes down. How do the ways in which our cultural memory/-ies are preserved affect our collective identities and narratives?

The following Open Office for Words will take place soon after the first Open Office, on the regular first Sunday of the Month. The theme on the 1st of February will be Gesture.

Gesture studies is a rich, interdisciplinary field concerned with examining the use of the hands and other parts of the body for communicative purposes. Gesture has been found to be indispensable from many areas of human life, including science, thought, psychology, linguistics, anthropology, history, neurosciences, performance studies, art, music and dance. Cognitive scientists see gestures as windows into the human mind.

You are now cordially invited to search through your resources and to see whether you perhaps might have something to contribute. Books, journals, research papers and images related to Memory and Gesture are all welcome, as are art-works, documentaries and interviews in a dvd-format. Please inform The Open Office for Words about all possible material that you may have and wish to contribute.

Note: the connections between source materials and topics can be loose as well as explicit, however they should not be purely associative.

Due to the regulations of the studio building it is necessary to inform The Office beforehand about attendance.

You can do so by email up to the day before and by phone on the day itself.

Practical information:
Sunday 18.01.09 | Theme: Memory
Sunday 01.02.09 | Theme: Gesture
13:00 – 15:00 | Studio 207 | Houtlaan 21 | Rotterdam

E:  openofficeforwords[at]gmail[dot]com
T: 06 – 53323708

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