Meta-gestures

Dominic Pettman and I have spent the last year and a half (or so) conducting an experiment born out of a series of related questions:

As a writer, what can it look like to meaningfully engage theory? As we respond to a work of cultural theory, what might fiction writing help us understand, see, and make that straight-up academic theory writing might not offer?

Thus was born the Meta-gestures project. Month by month and gesture by gesture, we collaboratively read and thought our way through Vilém Flusser’s Gestures and we each composed a little fictional world as a way of responding to it. We now have 32 stories (16 pairs for 16 gestures) and we’re looking forward to sharing them with y’all.

The first meta-gestures (on the gesture of photographing) have come out in the wonderful new thresholds journal, and you can find them here. We also talked about the project at a workshop April 29-30 2017. More to come! I’ll post updates and relevant talks here.