Inquiring into Red/Red Inquiring

Ken Gale, Mike Gallant, Susanne Gannon, Davina Kirkpatrick, Marina Malthouse, Mcclain Percy, Maud Perrier, Sue Porter, Ann Rippin, Artemi Sakellariadis, Jane Speedy, Jonathan Wyatt, Tess Wyatt

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This layered account of an inquiry into ‘red’ emerged out of a collective biography workshop. In the middle of the Wiltshire countryside, an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars gathered together to write and make other things and marks on paper that asked questions of, and into, the spaces between words, people, things and their environments. We did not set out to workshop or write into or paint ‘red’ but, rather, it was red that slipped in, uninvited, and painted and wrote us. Red arose as a blush or a stain seeping amongst us that became referenced obliquely by material objects, metaphors and fairytales. The stain spread, became noticeable through our weekend together and beyond it, creating another (bright red artery) vein of connection to write with.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-277
Number of pages25
JournalHumanities Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2013


  • collective biography
  • layered accounts
  • human-nonhuman entanglements
  • collaboration
  • desire
  • agential and magical realisms

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