The Bureau of Writing is a collaborative writing program designed for artists and presented alongside the 20th Biennale in association with Artspace. Conceived to highlight emerging or underrepresented practices in art and writing, it is inspired by key concepts explored in The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed: the ‘in-between’, and the blurring of traditional boundaries between art forms.
Increasingly, visual arts practitioners are working collaboratively and on the fringes of other disciplines; equally, contemporary writing practices merge genres, and engage with virtual and physical spaces. This project aims to encourage these conversations and explore the ways in which different disciplines fold into contemporary writing.
Australian and international artists, curators, writers, academics and participants in the 20th Biennale participate in a series of talks, public programs and workshops that will explore such questions as: How might writing constitute performance? How is meaning produced through language? How has our understanding of text been changed through experimental, performative, feminist, queer and ficto-critical writing practices? What online spaces and methods are being used for writing today?