The OuLiPo Night – London, 5 June 2007, 8pm

Tuesday 5 June 2007
Organised by Andrew Infanti and Matthew Shlomowitz
Bethnal Green Working Men’sClub 44 Pollard Row, London E2 (5 mins from Bethnal Green tube)
£5 on the door, doors open at 8pm, first performance 8.30pm
Rational Rec is a monthly inter-art social occasion based at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, incorporating sound, music, text, performance, film and dessert into a damn good night out. Come along and be artistically, intellectually and alcoholically stimulated.

The OuLiPo – an acronym that translates as “workshop of potential literature” – was a post-war French literary movement that included Georges Perec, Italo Calvino and Raymond Queneau. The tenet of the OuLiPo is to create literature via constraints such as palindromes and lipograms. The event Features: — An OuTraPo performance (Workshop for Potential Tragi-comedy) — Interview with Stanley Chapman, the first exponent of OuLiPo in the UK in the 1960’s — OuLiPo like music pieces
by Tom Johnson and Damien Ricketson — Oulipean activities and games for the audience — “Documentary Saga of the OuLiPo” – a new multimedia work by Rees Archibald, Andrew Infanti and Matthew Shlomwowitz that promises to explain everything you need to know about OuLiPo. — Book stalls by Bookworks, Artwords Bookshop and Strange Attractor. Stanley Chapman (b. 1925) was a British architect, designer, translator and writer. He became a member of Oulipo in 1960, founded the Outrapo, and is also a member of the French College de ‘Pataphysique, and the London Institute of ‘Pataphysics and the Lewis Carroll Society. His English translation of Hundred Thousand Billion Poems was received with “admiring stupefaction” by Raymond Queneau.
RATIONAL REC is organised by Russell Martin, Cecilia Wee and Matthew Shlomowitz. First Tuesday of every month at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club Rational Rec is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme