Sunday, 3 June 2012


By Rachel Lois Clapham

A WRITING STATION is used to produce short texts live and in public. The WRITING STATION includes two typewriters, little pebbles, white A4 80gsm and black carbon copy paper (it generally keeps things close to the ground). The invitation is to type, punch-in and publish. There and then. The texts act variously as gift, context, conversation slip or document/ation at the discretion of the typist.


SOB BASIC (initially entitled DocU) was first performed by David Berridge (VerySmallKitchen) and Rachel Lois  Clapham (Open Dialogues) at (in)Xclusion at East Street Arts, Leeds March 2012. It is part of NOTA: NOTES, produced by Open Dialogues towards a sometime set of pedagogic performance writing tools.

A gathering of resources on typewriter as art-writing practice, compiled by VerySmallKitchen, can be seen here.  TYPE TYING TYPINGS TYPIST TYBE, a dialogue on the typewriter with artist Marianne Holm Hansen, is here.  David's published reprise on SOB BASIC is here

Rachel Lois Clapham is Co-Director of Open Dialogues; a UK collaboration, founded by Rachel Lois Clapham and Mary Paterson, that produces writing on and as performance. @rachellois1

David Berridge is a writer based in London. He curates VerySmallKitchen and is writer in residence at X Marks the Bökship

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