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The Process

Buck, Paul and Acker, Kathy and Stephens, Rebecca and Cussans, John (2005) The Process. In: Spread Wide. Dis Voir, Paris. ISBN 2914563175

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Buck, Paul and Acker, Kathy and Stephens, Rebecca and Cussans, John

Experimental text in ‘Spread Wide: an encounter between Kathy Acker & Paul Buck, John Cussans & Rebecca Stephens’.

In this collaborative volume the writer and artist Paul Buck takes his literary correspondences with Kathy Acker from the early 1980s - a period when Acker was writing Great Expectations and trying to leave America for London – as the bases for a posthumous literary exchange with the now deceased Acker. The text confronts issues of appropriation, sampling, and plagiarism.

'The Process' is a trans-subjective response to this encounter, exploring a complex set of thematic issues threaded through the work of each writer, taking the form of a literary fiction aiming towards a psychic encounter with the spirit of Kathy Acker (KA). As such it is an experimental meditation on the para-psychological aspects of literature and film that uses aberrant research and writing methods to explore parallels between imitation, plagiarism and possession in literary and artistic terms.

The title of the piece is a reference to Process Art which informed Ackers’ writing in the 1970’s and to the technique by which this text came into being.

Official Website: http://www.disvoir.com/an/fo/a/88.html
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Dis Voir
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 2005
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 12:52
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2010 15:53
Item ID: 828
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/828

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