Oulipovsko-perverzan projekt časopisa Cabinet: napiši knjigu za 24 sata u nekom javnom prostoru. Nametni si zastrašujuće vremensko ograničenje, iskoristi dane okolnosti, budi otvoren slučaju, budi jako obrazovan i uglavnom tretiraj pisanje kao mazohistički višestruki orgazam. Uživaj i pati istovremeno, održavaj koncentraciju ali i iskoristi svaki poticaj koji dobiješ iz okoline.
Prvu knjigu u sklopu tog eksperimenta napisao je urednik Cabineta, Brian Dillon.
Otprije je postojao projekt pisanja knjige tijekom 3 dana, no to je zaista pis of kejk. Što je možda slijedeće - napisati knjigu dok padaš s petnaestog kata, napisati knjigu tijekom orgije s tri ljubavnice? Hajde Stephenu Kingu, usudi se!
"At 10 am on Saturday, 10 December 2011, author Brian Dillon sat down at Cabinet’s event space in Brooklyn and began writing a book. By 10 am the next morning, the completed book was being uploaded for printing.
The inaugural volume in Cabinet’s new “24-Hour Book” series, Dillon’s book explores the scenography and architecture of writing itself. Inspired in part by Georges Perec's short fragment in Species of Spaces on Antonello da Messina's painting of St. Jerome in his study, Dillon’s text is both a personal reflection on the theatrics of the study, the library, and the office, and a historical consideration of such writerly paraphernalia as Proust’s bed, Nabokov’s index cards, and Philip Roth’s moustache.
Dillon, who arrived without any prepared text, of course also had to remain open to the contingencies of an unfamiliar writing environment, peculiar and perhaps slightly dodgy take-out food, a makeshift bed, and a capricious heating system, not to mention the obvious pressures of working under extreme time constraints. If that were not enough, this particular scene of writing was a public one, with curious onlookers dropping in during the process to watch the author (and his support staff) “at work.”
At the precise moment Dillon’s tome was completed on Sunday morning, it was sent to a fearless cohort of nearly fifty professors and graduate students, convened by Princeton University's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM), who had volunteered to read and respond under similar constraints. Over the next twenty-four hours, the experiment continued as the respondents labored over their essays, which were collected by 10 am on Monday.
The resulting book, Reception Rooms: An Anthology of Recent Responses to Brian Dillon's I Am Sitting in a Room, was then presented at a symposium organized by IHUM that very afternoon to consider the past, present, and future of such experiments in the radical compression of culture. The discussion took up many of the same questions as the book itself does, including what it means to write, under such constraints, a “good book”; what else there is to write (the threat of failure, and its possible forms); and the families of constraint (from the journalist’s deadline to Oulipian rules to deathbed exigency).
About Cabinet’s “24-Hour Book” series
Inspired by literary precedents such as automatic writing, by the resourcefulness of the bricoleur making do with what is at hand, and by the openness toward chance that all artistic production under severe constraint must necessarily incorporate, Cabinet’s new series will invite a number of distinguished authors and artists to be incarcerated in its gallery space to complete a project from start to finish within twenty-four hours.
A nešto slično imaju i u Vancouveru:
"On Wednesday 29 February 2012 Spread the Word is bringing together four teams of writers and editors in London, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Vancouver, to create a unique novel.
The project is an experiment in collaborative writing, using digital technology.
The book, which will be written by multiple authors, operating in different time zones and countries, will be launched at noon on World Book Day, Thursday 1 March 2012."
"We Vancouverites love to challenge ourselves. We flock to the Grouse Grind, try to eat food found only within 100 miles and spend as much of our money as we possibly can on housing. We even like a challenge when it comes to the arts, with local writers competing every year in the Three Day Novel Contest, a marathon write-off where literary masochists hook themselves up to coffee IVs for 72 hours and feverishly churn out their latest masterpiece in hopes of fame and fortune or, failing that, a Canada Council grant.
Three entire days to write a novel is too much of a luxury for some authors, though, so they’ve set themselves a new literary goal: write a book in 24 hours. And, just to make it more difficult, write it with a bunch of other authors around the world. (Because every writer knows no one is more difficult to work with than another writer.)
Wednesday, Feb. 29, a group of Vancouver authors are teaming up with others in London, Delhi and Kuala Lumpur to write the 24 Hour Book, a project billed as “an experiment in collaborative writing using digital technology.” The writers will be using shared Google Docs to write their story and a simple premise: characters in each of the home cities somehow interact with the other characters using digital tech, memory, foreshadowing, perhaps even telepathy.
It’s hard to say for sure what will happen, as the process is intended to be improvisational and flexible. As local organizer Sean Cranbury says, it gives writers “a chance to experiment, riff and have some fun locally in the context of a globally constructed narrative … it’s about experimenting with the writing process in an age of constant remix.”
Cranbury is no stranger to this sort of cross-cultural event. He’s been breaking down literary barriers for years with the Real Vancouver Writers Series at W2, which has brought together writers of all ideological pages. And he’s been showing writers the wonders of the online world by livestreaming readings and organizing such events as the recent Giller Light Bash, which featured a live broadcast of the Giller Prize ceremony at a local literary event. He has assembled a team of award-winning and critically acclaimed writers for this latest daunting challenge: Arley McNeney, Alyx Dellamonica, Alex Leslie, McKinley Hellenes, Jenn Farrell and Elee Kraijii Gardiner.
So what are the local literati expecting of the 24-hour novel?
“Beautiful chaos,” Cranbury says.
You can check out this experiment in literary chaos for yourself. Follow the progress of the novel throughout the day on Twitter at @STWevents or follow the hashtag #24hourbook. Or you can just read the book March 1, as it’ll be launched at noon as an ebook.
Next up for Vancouverites: The Three Day Novel Sea to Sky Triathlon Contest." - The Province
24hr Book Project