2020 Virtual ITI Symposium Workshops Registration

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The 2020 ITI Symposium *Virtual* Workshops
Friday, June 26 – Saturday, June 27, 2020, Remote

Due to concerns about the safety and wellbeing of our guests during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are postponing the 2020 Image Text Ithaca Symposium, and instead, switching to five virtual workshops (scroll for descriptions):

David Campany: Exquisite Corpse
Emmy Catedral: Falling Through Maps
Whitney Hubbs: Telephone
Lucy Ives: A Group Novel
Diana Khoi Nguyen: Radical Empathy, A Multi-Modal Inhabitation


  • Virtual workshops will meet online on June 26th & 27th for 1-2 hours each day, with the time in between dedicated to independent working.
  • Each workshop will be capped at 12 guests 
  • Registration is $50
  • Each group will be asked to develop a way to present their two-day projects to the public (example: virtual performance, publication-making, website, etc.).

Read more about each workshop below.

David Campany: Exquisite Corpse

Taking inspiration from the "exquisite corpse," this workshop will focus on the unraveling of an idea across mediums. The group will work individually and together to plumb the problem of narrative in image and text, creating an essayistic exploration of a common theme. The final product will be presented to the public as a cross-disciplinary digital slide show. [Image: Jean Cocteau Scene of Orpheus (Scène d’Orphée) n.d.]

Emmy Catedral: Falling Through Maps

This workshop includes a series of ambulatory exercises; online dérives through texts, maps and memory. Three short readings will be assigned. We’ll discuss a few works by walkers Michel de Certeau, Lisa Robertson, Georges Perec, and The Situationists. What of these models can be applied when there can be no idle ambling in physical space, let alone travel from one city to another? How would psychogeographical mappings of our own neighborhoods be different now compared to three months ago? The late geographer and social scientist Doreen Massey, wrote of an experience of space as "not a completed simultaneity in which all interconnections have been established, in which every place is already linked to everywhere else. There are always loose ends. If you were to make a map that really had the characteristics of this space, it would be entirely possible to fall through it.” We'll collect our observations to publish a new kind of collective atlas and travelogue, gathering your texts, charts, peripli, maps to move across and fall through, lists, manuals, screenshots, and other records. This will be made available as a free digital download after the workshop.

Whitney Hubbs: Telephone

Making errors happen!!! In this workshop we will focus on the idea of BOREDOM in the form of the childhood game TELEPHONE. How bored are you? Even the feelings of uncertainty and fear can get boring, right? Aren’t you bored of feeling the minor and major anxieties? Aren’t you bored sitting at home or even bored of being busy at home? Aren’t you bored of Zoom? Through a muffled audio prompt, we will play the game telephone, embracing the audio errors to create visual images. The end result will be an authorless visual diary coupled with a spoken word audio performance documenting a confusing and weird few days made in a confusing and weird time. [Image: Christian Marclay, from Telephones. 1995] 

Lucy Ives: A Group Novel

In this workshop, participants will collectively create a series of epistolary fictions, as well as a map of an imagined community, with its own social, spatial, ecological, and literary histories. We will be thinking through the ways in which collaborative writing practices and imaginative schemas can give rise to unforeseen conversations and worlds—some of which participants may wish to expand, beyond this exercise. We will also examine narrative's relationship to this speculative society, particularly as we explore ways to reanimate and/or publish our group novel for a larger audience. Of particular interest to: fiction writers, poets, designers, the sociologically-minded, speculative historians and archive-workers, cartographers. [Image: Untitled by Madeline Gins, published in the Street Works edition of 0 to 9, edited by Vito Acconci and Bernadette Mayer, 1969.]

Diana Khoi Nguyen: Radical Empathy, A Multi-Modal Inhabitation

Taking inspiration from varied examples of radical empathy in the arts where writers/artists inhabit the bodies/roles of those whom they would not normally inhabit, we will collectively draw from our personal archives (memory and historical artifact)to uncover radical ways of entering and moving through these archives. During this process, we will merge, converge, and diverge individual narratives into a collective body of experience. Participants are asked to bring personal items ranging in emotional significance, such as (but not limited to): photographs, journals, scrapbooks, home videos, physical artifacts, and more.

Registration is $50 and capped at 12 guests per workshop.