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Maria Fusco


Various locations

2017 - 18

"I am for adjectives like beezer, dreich, quare, and nouns like clart, drouth, gleed, mizzle, oxters, scoot-hole, smoor, and verbs like boke, fissle, greet, hunker, swither, and adverbs like furnenst."

'Dialecty' is a new project conceived by writer Maria Fusco considering the critical uses of vernacular forms of speaking and writing. The project explores the occurrences and potential uses of dialect words, syntax and language within the field of contemporary art and question traditional orthodoxies of creative and critical writing within contemporary art.

Fusco writes “I am for non-standard English language as a legitimate and enriching form of critical and creative writing which does not take modalities of criticality as given, rather it tends to, and experiments with non-division between practice and theory, criticism and creativity."

The project includes a cycle of events, a series of commissioned publications (drawn from open submission and invitation), and a major new performance, all taking shape across 2017 and 2018.

Funded by the University of Edinburgh.

Maria Fusco is an award-winning Belfast born writer based in Glasgow, working across fiction, criticism and theory, her work is translated into ten languages. Her latest books are Legend of the Necessary Dreamer (London: Vanguard Editions, 2017) described by Chris Kraus as “a new classic of female philosophical fiction” and Give Up Art: Collected Critical Writings (LA/Vancouver: New Documents, 2017) of which James Elkins had written "Maria Fusco is one of the most inventive and informed practitioners of art writing... After a book like this, most nonfiction seems curiously unaware of what writing can be." Master Rock is a repertoire for a mountain, commissioned by Artangel and BBC Radio 4, the experimental radio play has been experienced by more than 2.5 million listeners. She is currently a Reader in Interdisciplinary Writing at the University of Edinburgh and next year will be Senior Research Fellow at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, 2018.

Image: Student preparing 1950 Revel decorations, painting the mouth of a paper mache dinosaur head.
© Edinburgh College of Art

Event / Maria Fusco presents Lisa Robertson*
Event / Maria Fusco presents Dr Lauren Hall-Lew*
Event / Maria Fusco presents Dr Scott Hames*
Room for Reading

*Audio recorded and available to listen online

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