As part of Corinne Felgate's exhibition, TOTEM, AirSpace Gallery commissioned a piece of creative writing around the idea of collaboration. The chosen text, Antilabe
was submitted by Holly Corfield Carr
was conceived as a sequence of lyrical dialogues that at once discusses and disrupts the space between reader and text – a collaborative and open field. The sequence is composed of fifteen connective texts, each one hundred words. The odd number of texts discourages a simple pairing of ‘call and answer’ and instead the texts have been carefully composed to offer a rewarding, challenging narrative, read in any order, encouraging the reader to speculate and draw lines of contingency between them, through them: without this and with this, then this.
This structural uncertainty is achieved through a simple figure borrowed from ancient poetics - the antilabe
- in which fragments of a single line are distributed amongst different voices. As both an action (the compound voice cutting across the grain of the text) and as a borrowing (antilabe was established in ancient Greek tragedy), this technique produces rich resonances with the collaboratively-produced work in Totems: Trajectories in Triumph and Tragedy
Holly Corfield Carr is a poet and experimental fiction writer concerned with materiality and lyricism in text, landscape and technology. Often working in collaboration or in relation to a site, Corfield Carr’s work moves between performance and installation, traditional print publication and heat-sensitive and motion-triggered technologies. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and is currently Writer-in-Residence at Spike Island with support from Arts Council England.