Call for Contributions: Reflections on Object-oriented Writing

by Travis Jeppesen on August 19, 2012

From the Metalab website:
Hello friends and followers of Metalab. We hope you are having a good summer of making, reading, and writing. To keep things in a light mood, we’d like to introduce our next Metalab initative: the Sounds of Metalab (title still in progress), but we’re looking to experiment with continuing discussions started in our sessions in the form of a podcast! Because our first three sessions were recorded using video, it seems Travis Jeppesen‘s recent session, ‘Object-Oriented Writing’ is a good place to start with an experiment in audio documentation, story-telling and collaborative sound. We can always work backwards and forwards from there! Here’s a call that we have written up that you might be interested in. Don’t worry if you weren’t at the session, there is always a place for your thoughts beyond the physical reaches of metalab:
Lots of interesting ideas came up during the discussion following on from Travis Jeppesen’s writing session, and we thought we would start a forum via our blog to facilitate a continued conversation. There are several ways this could take shape. We have started posting content from the session on a separate page of this blog, and we will continue to do so over the next week. It occurred to us, especially since this session had a healthy waiting list, that you might be interested in contributing to further conversation.
  • For those who were at the session on July 20th we would like to invite you to submit material generated from your experiences at during the workshop: this could include your object-oriented writing piece, photos, or reflections from the day- any and all of this material would be very welcome. Also, we will be making an audio document of the workshop that we will post for you to access, so if you are keen to record your thoughts, please send us a sound byte(s) and we can include them! Especially, perhaps, a snippet of your text read aloud? Don’t worry – we won’t be including the entirety of any one piece. So if you’re happy for snippets of your own reflections on Object-Oriented Writing or a sentence or two of what you wrote during the workshop to appear in this, please record something on your own device and send it to us. If you do not have a recording device, we can meet to record you (coffee + snacks will be provided!.. extra treats in store if you let us interview you too). We’ll be setting up a few dates in the near future to facilitate interest, so please get in touch if you would like to participate in this annex project.
  • For those who did not make it to the workshop or were unable to attend, please get in touch with your responses and ideas and experiences with object-oriented writing. Perhaps an anecdote of how you encounter and work with this nature of writing or a sample of your approach might be a possibility- an example or image would be great, and we can add this to our discussion (text and/or audio). If you are interested in speaking with us to develop some audio content or other responses to objects – music, film, object-mediated-within-object – we’d like to hear from you.
All queries and responses will be welcomed at

Thanks again for your interest in Metalab, and we hope to see you at the next one. Please stay in touch – we’re always keen to hear your thoughts and especially ideas for future sessions if you’re interested in hosting one too! If you’re not already on it- please email us and we will add you to the mailing list: again, that’s You can also look us up on facebook or follow us on twitter @metalabseries

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