A new project conceived by writer Maria Fusco launches in the new year, with a public reading and discussion by cult Canadian poet, Lisa Robertson.

Considering the critical uses of vernacular forms of speaking and writing, Radical Dialect is closely tied in with Maria’s research at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) where her exploration of critical and theoretical writing concerns “what is 'proper' usage of the English language and how we might be critical in our own tongues."

The two-year project explores the occurrences and potential uses of dialect words, syntax and language within the field of contemporary art, and questions traditional orthodoxies of creative and critical writing within contemporary art.

Presented by The Common Guild and partly funded by an Innovation Initiative Grant from the University of Edinburgh's Edinburgh Fund, the project will include a cycle of events, a series of commissioned publications and a major new performance. 

About Maria Fusco

Maria Fusco is a writer, Chancellor’s Fellow, Reader, and Director of Research for the School of Art at ECA.

She supervises PhD topics including: Artists' Novels; Artists' Publishing (including independent and self publishing); Art Writing; Critical & Experimental Cross-Genre Writing; Editing as Practice; Fiction Writing; and Performance Writing.

In 2014, her work was selected from over one thousand proposals for an 'Open Commission' from Artangel and BBC Radio 4, resulting in Master Rock, a repertoire for a mountain, comprising a book, a series of site-specific performances, and radio broadcasts listened to by more than two million people (October 2015).

Of Radical Dialect, Maria writes “I am for non-standard English language as a legitimate and enriching form of critical and creative writing which does not take modalities of criticality as given, rather it tends to, and experiments with non-division between practice and theory, criticism and creativity”.

Get involved

The first Radical Dialect event is on 18th January 2017 at The Common Guild (Woodlands Terrace, Glasgow).

Cult Canadian poet, Lisa Robertson, will give a public reading and, in conversation with Maria Fusco, discuss the construction of vernacular voice amidst the abolishment of a lyric culture.

Places are free but limited.

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