CCC: "Creating Camp of the Contemporary or Courteney Cox Courgette" is a research project of Levi van Gelder and Heleen Mineur that aims to employ counterfactual and speculative fanfiction as a research method. We investigate the limits of critical writing in script-for-performance (or not-performance), whilst giving complex or contemporary issues a voice, a smell and perhaps even a set of lyrics. Through establishing an archive of counterfactual characters we attempt to lay bare the many paradoxes of current times; its abundance and entropy. Devoted to the sensibilities of a post-truth era as an extension of the lineage of ‘camp’, we reclaim and re-appropriate queer narratives and tropes inside and outside the (often copyrighted) imagery of late capitalism.
This research exists at the intersection of performative (script) writing, experiments on roleplay, documentation in experimental video work and the creation of co-writing spaces as playgrounds for transference of thought and (failed) adaptation. We seek to portray fabulations with significant meaning, mix facts with fiction with feeling; by letting ancient relics chat with characters from “The L Word” (2004), genetically modified courgettes and cryodesiccated corpses; discussing silk menstrual underwear and post-capitalist utopias.
During a previous residency at Workspace Brussels we looked to develop tools, scores and assignments in the context of a workshop to engage people in writing and performing fan fiction, and to explore alternative ways of knowledge production and interacting with media and source text.
Through our own extensive research and writing sessions, and by means of possible workshops on speculative fanfiction writing through scores, we compiled an archive of research, scripts, characters, glossaries, lyrics, essays, images, screengrabs of videos, drawings, scores, prose and fiction, established from our own lexicon of references, interests and pool of associations.
(ongoing artistic research project—performative writing workshops)