On Saturday 12 November, The Contemporary Small Press will be at Manchester Central Library for our next Reading & Being Read event. Writer Sally-Shakti Willow will be performing extracts from The Unfinished Dream, published by Sad Press.
The Unfinished Dream is an experimental writing collection, an artist book, a short film and a performance. It began as an experiment in applying Ernst Bloch’s utopian theory to creative writing practice, inspired by the text works of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Both Bloch and Cha explore the relationship between subject and object (self and other). Bloch suggests that the experience of non-alienation, where the subject (the individual) experiences itself as not-separate from the object (the world/the other) is the essence of the utopian.
Cha embodied this desire to create an experience of non-alienation between the subject and the object in all of her major text, film, and performance works. The Unfinished Dream experiments with these ideas and has developed into a collaborative project that keeps growing and shifting – an unfinished and unfolding creative process.
All elements of the project take as a starting point the following quotation from Cha’s 1982 book Dictee: ‘May I write words more naked than flesh, stronger than bone, more resilient than sinew, sensitive than nerve’.
Sally is a PhD student at the University of Westminster and Research Assistant for the Contemporary Small Press project. She will be performing extracts from The Unfinished Dream and discussing her experience with small presses at Reading & Being Read, Manchester Central Library on Saturday 12 November, 11am-4pm. Tickets are £5. Manchester-based MA and PhD students can register for FREE. Click here for more details.