By Katarina Rankovic, MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins
As many readers will know, an MA flashes by very quickly, and so upon embarking on my Fine Art postgraduate study I set myself one singular task: to complete a novel whose main character, whose only character, is nothing more than a mopey, depressed, melancholic line.
Upon reading it slowly becomes apparent that this deplorable character with no recollection of its own personality, is being written into existence by the textual world of the novel itself. This character is something like a line: a characterless thing that can bend and imitate and take on the shape of all manner of other things.
The performative novel will thus be made entirely accessible online; the public will be able to see it being written live, read out aloud live, and comment on its progress and witness its ins and outs and unedited stages. The online exchanges between author, reader and character will form the nexus of its theme. The project has been experimentally launched on Kickstarter, and now seeks micro-support from the public to be able to continue, as well as begin its life as a living novel.