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Towards a ‘spatial writing’: O Complex Mass

Lawrence, John



The following contribution aims to convey a sense of O Complex Mass, an artwork I developed for Dilston Gallery, Southwark Park, London in 2022. O Complex Mass represents the first significant outcome resulting from a commitment to a new site-responsive approach to writing within my practice that I now refer to as ‘spatial writing’. This work is preoccupied with the complex relationship between writing and physical space – how the conditions under which we experience language (written or spoken) can have an impact on our understanding of its meaning. Could ‘site of reception’ be considered as a facet of language itself? By naming this approach ‘spatial writing’ I connect it to twentieth century avant-garde approaches within ‘spatial music’ as well as ideas around ‘critical spatial practice’ as defined by Professor Jane Rendell.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 21, 2023
Online Publication Date Apr 17, 2024
Publication Date Apr 1, 2024
Deposit Date Jun 22, 2024
Publicly Available Date Apr 2, 2025
Journal Journal of Writing in Creative Practice
Print ISSN 1753-5190
Electronic ISSN 1753-5204
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue ‘Ways of Writing in Art and Design II’ Part 2
Pages 21-31
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