Engineering Fictions: Jessica Foley and Dennis McNulty
A hands-on writing session where collective day-dreaming, conversation, experimental and uncreative writing help to tilt habits of occupational communication with Liverpool Biennial 2016 artist Dennis McNulty and artist, researcher and writer Jessica Foley.
This session takes place in the context of Dennis McNulty’s exhibition, Homo Gestalt: The Time Domain, at Bluecoat. The seed for this session begins with a science-fictional concept called ‘BLESH’.
BLESH is a portmanteau of ‘blend’ and ‘mesh,’ and it refers to people who can bring their abilities together telepathically and can act together as one organism. Originally coined by writer Theodore Sturgeon in his novella More Than Human (1953), BLESH is imagined as the next step in human evolution towards a mature gestalt consciousness – or group mind – homo gestalt.
Dennis has re-conceived BLESH as an iphone app for making and sharing low resolution animated GIFs based on a simple display design by pioneering systems theorist Stafford Beer.
The session will begin with Dennis and Jessica picking up the threads of an ongoing conversation around the design and possibilities of BLESH in this so-called narcissistic age. As always, writing will ensue.
Participants are asked to bring a pen/pencil and notebook – water, tea, coffee and inspiration will be provided.