Ptarmigan operated in Tallinn from 2011-2014. This website exists as an archive of its activities during this time. We no longer maintain any presence in Tallinn, but some people involved with Ptarmigan are now operating Temporary in Helsinki.
What does it mean to be profane? In our increasingly global era, where all taboos have been broken and boundaries no longer exist to protect the sacred, the act of swearing becomes lost in the ever-increasing glossolalia of everyday life. Yet profanity, like anything else, can be approached as an art. When placed carefully, a simple 'fuck' or 'cock' can express a truth unparallelled by family-friendly language. At the same time, more grandiose constructions of the obscene can be mellifluous and sublime.
As part of Ptarmigan's Undo Lab series of collaborative creative activities without pressure for resolution or conclusion, we invite you to Grawlixes, a workshop for writers, thinkers, and people who like to curse. We will look at some great examples of obscenity in art, literature and popular culture, and try to unravel the art of the swear. We'll play simple textual games to stimulate our nasty glands, and of course we'll insult the shit out of each other.
Leave your sensitivity behind, and bring notebooks and pencils. This event is free but please register to let us know if you're fucking coming, dickheads.