Writing Womxn –A collaboration between Decorating Dissidence X Lucy Writers Platform exploring ways of writing about and writing through the women of Dada.

This salon brings together writers and curators for an experimental writing session that will celebrate and critique the legacy of the Baroness Elsa von Freytag, Mina Loy, Hannah Höch, other Dada women and experimental writers.
Keying in to the salon’s collaborative spirit, our writers will create a modern day manifesto for an inclusive, democratic contemporary avant-garde. Find below examples of their work for Lucy Writers as well as jumping off points to explore more womxn of the avant-garde.

The session will be facilitated by Rochelle Roberts and Elodie Barnes. Participants include writers Kuchenga, Susanna Crossman, and Miriam Al Jamil.

Salon Host

Rochelle Roberts
on Claude Cahun

Rochelle Roberts is a writer based in London. She has an interest in visual art and poetry. In 2019 she was shortlisted for Streetcake magazine’s Experimental Writing Prize and her non-fiction and poetry have been published by Lucy Writers Platform, Severine, Visual Verse, Eye Flash Poetry and Streetcake magazine, amongst others. Rochelle also works for the art publisher Lund Humphries as Assistant Editor.
More ‘Postcards in Isolation’ More ‘Postcards in Isolation’

Salon Host

Elodie Rose Barnes
on Mina Loy

Elodie Rose Barnes is an author and photographer. She can be found between Paris, Spain and the UK (usually mixing up her languages) while her most recent words can be found in Amethyst Review, Clover & White & Neologism Poetry Journal. Her work is heavily influenced by Modernism and Surrealism, and her poetry x photography series Fragments of Paris was inspired in part by Mina Loy’s Lunar Baedeker. She is guest editor of the forthcoming Life in Language series at Lucy Writers’ PlatformFind her online at http://elodierosebarnes.weebly.com & on Twitter @BarnesElodie.
‘Double Exposure’ ‘Double Exposure’ ‘Tiny Molecules’ ‘Tiny Molecules’
LOVE the hideous in order to find the sublime core of it.
OPEN your arms to the dilapidated; rehabilitate them.
the Future is only dark from outside.
Leap into it—and it EXPLODES with Light.

From ‘Aphorisms on Futurism’ by Mina Loy

Excerpts from Loy’s archive [fully digitised here]

  1. Aphorisms on Futurism, pg1
  2. Feminist Manifesto, p1
  3. Feminist Manifesto, pg2

Salon Participants

A collaborative side-bar poem

creating a manifesto demanding…

s p a c e

p r o t e s t

c o l l a b o r a t i o n

writing to inspire…

Experiments in typography [dada+beyond]

  1. Anni Albers, Typewriter study to create textile effect, n.d. Typewriter printing in blue ink on paper mounted on board, 27 x 16.8 cm. Made on Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter. Printed in 1974 monograph by Albers.
  2. Ruth Asawa, Untitled (BMC on newsprint), c.1946-1949. Stamped ink on newsprint.
  3. Natalie Czech, A hidden poem by E. E. Cummings #4, 2012. Doppelseitiger Druck, Cut-Out, 43 x 35 cm.
  4. M. NourbeSe Philip, Excerpt from ẸBỌRA from Zong!, Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, and Toronto: Mercury Press, 2008.
  5. Salette Tavares, Kinetofonia Parlapatisse, Typography, 1965.

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