Postcards for Perec

Postal postmodernism in Georges Perec’s Grand Tour

A brief line from Brighton. Getting a tan in the English sun.
Have met lots of friendly folk. Will phone when I get back end of August.

In 1978 Georges Perec wrote a series of postcard messages, dedicated to his fellow writer and friend Italo Calvino, Two Hundred and Forty-three Postcards in Real Colour. The messages seem a little repetitive and formulaic, but as both the men were members of OuLiPo, that is perhaps hardly surprising. The first clue to unravelling their secrets is to ask why 243?

Our aim is to respond as artists to this work by reproducing Perec’s messages, and making the postcards come to life by adding the missing images. So please contact me via this site if you would like to take part and be sent your message for a postcard. You can draw, paint, sew, collage, stencil, stamp, buy or print, it’s all up to your imagination. We will exhibit the postcards at UWE Bower Ashton library in 2021.