Chasing Perec – an attempt at exhausting a place in Belfast

On the 18, 19, and 20th of October in 1974, Georges Perec one of France’s most famous avant garde writers, placed himself in St. Sulpice, Paris and through observation of the everyday and the ‘nothingness’ of daily activity, recorded an extraordinary pen-picture and a most endearing and enduring snapshot of Parisian life and the character of a place and its people.

October 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of that experiment. Poet, Maria McManus, who is currently living in France, is ‘chasing’ Perec, in an attempt to ‘exhaust’ an everyday place in Belfast – the Ormeau Road.

Maria is performing in a talk with fellow Belfast poet Deirdre Cartmill and Basque Country poet Harkaitz Cano in the Belfast Festival at Queen’s on the 19th of October 2014.

Temporary public art installation

‘Cento’, or fragments of the observations, overheard conversations and the writing generated will be exhibited as an installation of hand-written observations and placed in Kiln & Loom as a temporary installation during the project

For further information -Contact:

Maria McManus
Twitter: @maria_mcmanus, @kilnandloom,


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