- Lectorate Art Theory & Practice
- Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
- Prinsessegracht 4
- NL – 2514 AN Den Haag
- +31 (0)70 3154755
Is it possible to bridge the gap between language on the one hand and the experience of an art work on the other? How can a personal experience of art be conveyed to the reader in a convincing and engaging way? What is the status, or the function, of text in relation to the art work, what are the possibilities and the potential limits in writing on art? Is it possible to engage in an art critical, academic or artistic discourse on visual imagery and auditive experience on the basis of text; and if so how does one do that?
The course considers a wide range of writing on art, from examples of art criticism to contemporary and experimental modes of writing on art. The aim of the course is to stimulate students to write and to develop a personal ‘voice’ and approach.
The course consists of twelve meetings during the 1st semester on Wednesday afternoons from 16.00-18.00 hrs (PC.202).
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
The final results will be collected in a portfolio. ECTS credits will be awarded on the basis of the portfolio and on the performance in class.
A writing coach will be present at all lectures and workshops and will co-supervise the students’ writing.
1+2. WRITING ART CRITICISM
How to write art criticism? What is art criticism? How to convey visual experience and engage the reader? Who is your audience?
3+4. WRITING AS EXPERIMENT
The subject or topic of a text will be explored in and through the writing itself, for example by using ‘constraints’, such as a cadavre exquise.
5+6. WRITING & IMAGE
An exercise in the relation between text and image. How can they be used interrelated? How can they both influence and steer each other, and what are the possible effects on the narrative?
7+8. ARTISTS’ WRITING
How do artists write on or for their own work, as critics and/or as researchers? How to become specific about your own (art)world?
9+10. PERFORMATIVE WRITING
How can writing inform/transform our artistic practice and vice versa? We will be exploring this two-way process by applying a performative approach to the written word through poetry.
11. WRITING ART (WORKSHOP)
Final assignment: students choose a personal perspective and approach in writing a text on a work of art.
What did students learn? Did students develop a personal perspective, or several perspectives, on writing and on art? What is their ambition?