- Lectorate Art Theory & Practice
- Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
- Prinsessegracht 4
- NL – 2514 AN Den Haag
- +31 (0)70 3154755
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There are as many different ways of writing about art as there are authors. However, it is possible to distinguish specific genres and traditions in writing art, such as art criticism, performative writing, art fiction, experimental writing, writing by artists, etc.
Is it possible to bridge the gap between language on the one hand and the visual 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 on the basis of text; and if so how does one do that?
The course considers a 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’. The emphasis therefore lies on ‘learning through doing’, which means that the experiment with and the practice of the writing itself rather than the theoretical input is the basis for learning.
The course consists of eight meetings during the 1st semester on Wednesday afternoons from 16.00-18.00 hrs (PB.111).
NB. The meeting on 14 November will take place in BB.203.
Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivated application. Apply before Monday 10 September 2018 23:59 h (CET) by registering for this course in Osiris. To complete your application, you will be required to upload a brief letter of motivation (max. 400 words) and a sample of written work (both in PDF). The result of the selection will be announced on Thursday 13 September 2018 at the latest. Incomplete or late submissions, or applications sent by email, will not be accepted.
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 assignments, 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. 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.
4. 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?
5. PERFORMATIVE WRITING
How can writing inform and 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.
7. WRITING ART (WORKSHOP)
Final assignment: students choose a personal perspective and approach in writing a text on a work of art.