Call For Authors: JOURNEY TO THE WEST: a planetary fairytale

Call For Authors: JOURNEY TO THE WEST: a planetary fairytale, Re-activating “La Plissure du Texte, 1984, Paris” in 2012 in Shanghai, A real-time online distributed authorship created by Roy Ascott for the 9th Shanghai Biennial

LA PLISSURE DU TEXTE: a planetary fairytale is a seminal work of distributed authorship created by Roy Ascott in 1984, using the early computer conferencing protocol of the time. It involved players assuming the identity of fairytale characters and developing, from that character’s point of view, a rolling narrative online, over a period of three weeks (

For the 2012 Shanghai Biennale, we invite participants from around the world to join in the distributed authorship of a 2012 version of LA PLISSURE DU TEXTE which we are calling THE JOURNEY TO THE WEST (J2W), the title of one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature, otherwise known in Western translations as Monkey.

The vehicle for this developing narrative will be Skype, which is accessible in most parts of the world. Authors are invited to write in their original language, using Google translation to solve the language barrier problem.

To participate as the Author of the J2W in Shanghai Biennial Send us an email to before 12am Sep.10th, 2012, tell us your name, nationality and affiliation. The first 55 senders will be randomly assigned a character from the names on the following “Journey West Matrix” and start writing!


DEADLINE: 12am Sep.10th, 2012