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"Exile Writing," a pre-symposium workshop at ISEA2011,* took place over four full days (from 11 am to 6/7 pm, with a short break for
lunch) in and around the Sabanci University Karakoy Communication Center in Istanbul, and was divided into four sections:
1) "Reflections on Exile" – Woman's I/Eye in In-Between Spaces
2) The Castle of Crossed Destinies - a laboratory of digital photography on Istanbul
3) Reading Visions: Women and Survival
4) Digital Diaspora/ Diasporic Dance


Day one morning: How does exile affect the feminine psyche? What does it produce in terms of dreams, delirium, nightmares? What links
the experience of exile to memory? Day one afternoon: presentation and debate over the technologies of 'photography' and 'video-art' as
specific areas where female artists usually find hospitality for their creative re-elaborations of the experience of exile.

Day two: planning, production and editing (the gathering of material, narration, structure, discussion) of a 'photo-story' (participants were
asked to bring along their own cameras, iPhones, smartphones, etc.) inspired by Italo Calvino's The Castle of Crossed Destinies, but devoted to Istanbul. Participants chose specific 'in-between' sites of city (stations, squares, the port, markets) identified as places of transit, passage,
encounters, to trace their personal experiences (of loss, displacement, non-belonging, postponement) of inhabiting a foreign city.

Day three: Retracing this experience of narration in the area of video-art, with a focus on migration. The critical issues involved the critique of male realism and post-colonial critique of the documentary as elements marking a new conception of cinematic experience when directed by exiled female artists. Examples of this new form of contemporary cinema was considered in a 'transnational' perspective with an emphasis on click on camera to be taken to Tarot Cards of Exile Writing workshop specific areas where female artists usually find hospitality for their creative re-elaborations of the experience of exile.

Day four: Re-elaboration of the condition of (digital) diaspora through two focal forms of communication--the use of blogs, YouTube,
Facebook, etc. as countersigns of the female experience of exile on the Internet and the digital experimentation in the art of contemporary
video-dance. Design of the devised digital "Exile Writing" photo-story website presented here, based loosely on Italo Calvino's Tarot Card
stories in The Castle of Crossed Destinies.


The main workshop visualities were:
Photography

Shirin Neshat, Women of Allah (series)
Newsha Tavakolian - www.newshatavakolian.com
Video/Cinema
Deepa Mehta, Earth (1998) / Water (2005) / Videsh (2010)
Trinh T.Minh-ha, Night Passage (2004)
Shirin Neshat, Turbulent (1998) / Women without Men (2008)
Reha Erdem, Kosmos (2009)
Michelangelo Frammartino, Il dono (2003) / Le quattro volte (2010)


Blogs
http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.com/
http://atunisiangirl.blogspot.com/
Video-Dance
Isabel Rocamora, Memory Release (2003) / Portrait in Time and Gesture (2005)Horizon of Exile (2006)
http:// www.isabelrocamora.org/home.html


Literary Works
Gloria Anzaldùa, Borderlands/La frontera, San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1987.
Italo Calvino, Il Castello dei destini incrociati, Torino, Einaudi, 1973, [Trans. by William Weaver, The Castle of Crossed Destinies, New York,
Harcourt Brace, 1977]
Hélène Cixous, My Algeriance, in other words: To depart not to arrive from Algeria, translated by Eric Prenowitz, TriQuarterly 100, 1997.
Shahrnush Parsipur, Women without Men, New York, The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2004.
Kenji Miyazawa, Milky Way Railroad, Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 2008.
Riverbend, Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq, London and New York Marion Boyars, 2005.
Bapsi Sidhwa, Craking India, Minneapolis, Milkweed Editions, 1991; Water, Minneapolis, Milkweed Editions, 2006.

Workshop Leadership:
Silvana Carotenuto is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Literature in English at the University of Naples "L'Orientale", where she
directs the Centre for Postcolonial Studies. Her fields of interest are: deconstruction, gender studies, and visual studies. She publishes on
Shakespeare (The Language of Cleopatra. Deconstructive Translations and Survivals, Milano, Marinetti, 2009) and on female writing (in
2002 she translated Three Steps in the Ladder of Writing by Hélène Cixous Roma, Bulzoni, 2002 into Italian). She has been part of the
international research 'Atacd' (Goldsmiths University, G.B.; Utrecht University, Holland; Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale, Italy),
and she has directed a series of workshops on 'migration', 'creative writing' and women.
Annalisa Piccirillo completed her MA in 2008 in Culture and Literature of English Language with a dissertation on Postcolonial Theater-
Dance (Theatre-Dance in Transit: Japan, India, South Africa). In her PhD course, she has been working on the critical-theoretical
understanding of contemporary performativity in the Anglophone postcolonial context of video- and theatre- choreography produced by
female artists (India; South Africa; Mediterranean area). After a residency at the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies of the
University of Warwick (UK), she is currently completing her PhD thesis devoted to "Choreography in Diaspora: Politics of Movement in
Contemporary Theatre/Video -Dance".
The Workshop Exile Writing, Arts and Technologies of Women will be conducted by the following members: Viola Sarnelli (PhD student of
Cultural and Postcolonial Studies of the Anglophone World), Monica Calignano, Federica Caporaso, Claudia Meoli (MA students of
Culture and Literature of English Language).


Workshop Participants:
Di Ball (Australia)
Penelope Boyer, PhD (USA)
Talin Büyükkürkciyan (Turkey)
Di Ball (Australia)
Penelope Boyer, PhD (USA)
Talin Büyükkürkciyan (Turkey)
Melissa Ramos (Australia)
Liz Solo (Canada)
Nela Milic
* ISEA2011 = 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art