Uncreative Writing

In AH 2220F – Effective Communication in the Arts and Humanities – individual students completed an “uncreative writing” project, building on the concepts introduced in the book Uncreative Writing by Kenneth Goldsmith. The book examines techniques traditionally thought to be outside the scope of literature, such as cutting and pasting, databasing, identity ciphering, and programming. Goldsmith presents the idea that writing can be reinvented in the current age of the digital environment.

Cosmopolitan - Mackenzie Desbiens

Cosmopolitan - Mackenzie Desbiens

“Cosmopolitan” is comprised of four works titled 1985, 1986, 2010, and 2015. The works originated as various cover pages of Cosmopolitan magazine, published in the respective year of their title. The cover pages have been blacked out, revealing only the word “sex” and the female body; two commonalities featured on nearly every Cosmopolitan cover throughout the past three decades. In blacking out all other information, it becomes clear that hidden under many layers of bright colours and buzzwords, the underlying message being conveyed by the magazine remains unchanged.

“Cosmopolitan” was created to make a statement pertaining to tabloid media and its engagement with the public, particularly with women.

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Lost In Translation - Victoria Burnett

Lost In Translation - Victoria Burnett

They Are Dying - Elora Sinnot

They Are Dying - Elora Sinnot

Languages and words are a reflection of culture, constantly adapting to the world we live in. According to the Ethnologue catalogue of world languages, there are currently 6909 living languages, and it is estimated that one dies every 14 days. Are languages like shadows, flickering in and out of the world, depending on the amount of light cast upon them, and are words like leaves...ever changing?
Bitch - Madeline Braney

Bitch - Madeline Braney

Photos: Madeline Braney

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