DIY 15: 2018 - Mary Paterson & Deborah Pearson: Homme de Plume

Become the privileged human you’ve always wanted to be

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Mon 18 June
This DIY is supported by the National Theatre

Project summary

'Homme de Plume' is an experiment in kidnapping privilege. During the workshop, participants will each assume a false name, create a fictionalised identity, construct an ideal pedigree, and start producing a new body of work under their ‘Homme de Plume’.

Run by two women who plan to adopt male pseudonyms, this DIY is less about deconstructing privilege than demanding it for ourselves. It is not so much about our real identities as about the freedom we could have if our identities didn’t matter. It is open to anyone who feels a part of their identity (real, perceived, or imagined) is holding them back.

It is particularly suited to people who have been working professionally for a number of years.

How to apply

Where possible, we will select participants from a range of disciplines and experiences.

The online application asks about your existing practice, which part of your identity (real, perceived, or imagined) you feel might be holding you back, and the kind of work you would make if you were free.


Dates, times and location

Dates: 2 - 3 Jul, then 31 Oct, with solo tasks in between
Times: 10am - 7pm each day
Location: National Theatre, London

The artists

Mary Paterson is a writer and artist who frequently works collaboratively. She co-runs the collaborative projects Something Other and The Department of Feminist Conversations.

Deborah Pearson is an artist and writer and co-director of the artist led curation collective Forest Fringe. She already uses several pseudonyms and guises of anonymity for secret work that she does not dare mention in such an application. Her named work has been published by Oberon, has toured to fifteen countries and four continents, and has been translated and performed in several languages.

For questions about this DIY, please contact Mary.

Part of DIY 15: 2018 - Call for Participants