the two-headed bird:a surrealist writing workshop
The Two-Headed Bird: A Surrealist Writing Workshop seeks to unearth the creative potential of the unconscious for the purpose of composition and publication. The course consists of a series of lectures, discussions and practical exercises on dream work, automatic writing, psychoanalysis and mythology. Students will examine existing surrealist works like William Blake's nightmarish visions, blues folklore, Yoko Ono's instructional pieces, Alejandro Jodorowsky's cinematic lucid dreams and the spiritual revolt of Butoh: a surrealist way to move.
Dream control, psychic automatism and cut-up are tools of illumination. By extracting narratives from the unconscious mind, students will not only be able to maintain a continuous state of inspiration but also evade psychological traps that inhibit creativity like writer's block, self-criticism and creative boundaries established by traditional forms of composition and editing.
The Two-Headed Bird prescribes set readings by C.G Jung, Katsue Kitasono, Sun Ra, Yoko Ono, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Leonora Carrington, Federico García Lorca and more.
Students will be expected to keep a dream journal for the duration of the course.
This public program is proudly supported by the City of Yarra, through the Small Project Grants Program.
Dates are Sunday June 30th 4-6pm, Sunday July 7 4-6pm, Sunday July 14 4-6pm. Please note participants must be available to attend all three workshops. FREE to attend. Applications close on June 21. APPLY NOW.
Free Association is a project platform for writing workshops and publishing through the expanded fields of fiction, poetry, critical theory, philosophy and art criticism. Presented by artists, writers and editors, workshops are delivered over three evening classes at galleries, in reference to the exhibitions on display. Each workshop series covers theory and practice, through group discussion, close reading, writing exercises, excursions, digressions, field work and practical workshopping. Students are assigned homework after each workshop to develop final pieces for publication. Free Association is open to anyone; no prior writing experience is necessary.