Are you writing about your own art practice, writing about the work of other artists or is writing a part of your work? Then this is the perfect course for you.

Tutor(s)

Drs. Liesbeth Fit

For whom?

For 2nd, 3rd an 4th year BA students of the KABK and University Leiden

When?

9 meetings in the first Semester (Sept-Dec 2020)

Study load

3 ECT (27 contact hours and 57 self-study hours)

About this course

There are many deliberate choices to be made before writing and different possibilities to be discovered during writing. In this course, we will explore the basic choices you can make when writing a text: when to be objective or subjective, when to be showing or telling, which perspective to use, what tense to write in, which format or lay-out to use? In short: how do you find or develop the appropriate form or style that enhances the specific content you want to address? And what are the effects of those choices on reader and writer?

The aim of the course is to stimulate students to write and to develop a personal approach or ‘voice’. The emphasis therefore lies on ‘learning through doing’, which means that the experiment with and the practice of the writing itself is the basis for learning, while the theoretical input offers context and understanding.

For 2nd, 3rd an 4th year BA students of the KABK and Leiden University.

Full attendance is obligatory in order to receive study points towards the Individual Study Trajectory (3 EC).

15 to 20 students can participate in the programme.

The course will be in English.

There are no admission requirements for this elective course.

Apply between Thursday 17 and 24 September 2020 by registering for the course in OSIRIS.

For questions Emily Huurdeman, coordinator of the lectorate, at lectoraatktp@kabk.nl.

The course consists of nine meetings during the 1st semester on Wednesday afternoons from 14.00-17.00 hrs:

  • #1 Wednesday 30-09-2020 (room TBA)
  • #2 Wednesday 07-10-2020 (room TBA)
  • #3 Wednesday 14-10-2020 (digital)
  • #4 Wednesday 28-10-2020 (room TBA)
  • #5 Wednesday 04-11-2020 (digital)
  • #6 Wednesday 11-11-2020 (room TBA)
  • #7 Wednesday18-11-2020 (digital)
  • #8 Wednesday 25-11-2020 (room TBA)
  • #9 Wednesday 02-12-2020 (digital)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Have developed writing skills;
  • Know what the effects of basic understandings within a writing practice will have on the text, the reader and the writer;
  • Be able to play with different formats of writing to express ideas and opinions about art and
  • Design and on one’s own work;
  • Be able to critically reflect on the work of others

    The final results will be collected in a portfolio. ECTS credits will be awarded on the basis of the assignments, the final portfolio and on the performance in class.


    • Student shows initiative and originality in the handling of assignments
    • Student gives expression to a distinctive (artistic/discursive) ambition or vision
    • Student develops and explores (offered) techniques and theories
    • Student demonstrates a critical and inquiring attitude toward the techniques and theories that are offered
    • Student effectively organizes the process (e.g. meets deadlines and assignment requirements, presence in class)
    • Student engages in dialogue about one’s writing and that of others
    • Student draws insights from discussions and implements feedback
    • Student productively collaborates with fellow students

    THEMES AND LECTURES

    The set-up of the course is thematic. Each theme will be introduced by a presentation. The tutor will expand on the theme, using examples from writing practices. During class, students will work on assignments to write a particular type of text. The texts will be commented on during and after class. Students will then rewrite the text for their portfolio. The texts will be discussed in class, in groups (peer feedback) and the tutor will give in-depth feedback.

    Introduction: to the course and to each other. Introduction into ‘writing objectively’

    Assignment: visit a specific location and write about what you experience there in an objective way

    Group discussion on the texts

    Homework: finishing texts and reading literature

    Introduction: discussing literature with objective and subjective descriptions and the notions of ‘showing’ and ‘telling’

    Assignment: visit a specific location and write about what you experience there in a subjective way

    Group discussion of the texts

    Homework: finishing texts and reading literature

    Introduction: discussing literature and other examples which use different perspectives and talking about the process of editing

    Assignment: with the use of a given starting text, explore different perspectives in the same situation

    Group discussion of the texts

    Homework: finishing texts and reading literature

    Introduction: discussing literature and other examples which show different points of view of writers

    Assignment: different exercises exploring the different positions a writer can take: zooming in or –out, frog or bird perspective, close to- or far away from the subject matter

    Group discussion of the texts

    Homework: finishing texts and reading literature

    Introduction: discussing literature with different and unusual use of tense

    Assignment: an exercise exploring different tenses in the same scene and their effects on the content and experience of the text

    Group discussion of the texts

    Homework: finishing texts and reading literature

    Introduction: discussing literature and other examples based on improvisation

    Assignment: doing improvisation exercises in building up a text

    Group discussion of the texts

    Homework: finishing texts and reading literature

    Introduction: Discussing (artistic, conceptual) literature and art where the format or layout of the text relates to the content

    Assignment: assignments in ‘conceptual writing’ working with poetry, rules and restrictions

    Group discussion of the texts

    Homework: finishing texts and preparing the last assignment

    Introduction: discussing (artistic) literature and literature about art were storytelling and fiction play a role, what do they contribute to the content?

    Assignment: class exercises that can help to explore and start with the last assignment

    Homework: finishing final assignment

    Short version of the final assignment: Write about a work of art (can be yours) in 3 to 5 texts, in different formats and/or from different perspectives, so that the formal aspects of the work and your relation to it? become clear. The goal is to use a combination of fiction, reflection and analysis to discuss the work. The use of fiction can enhance the understanding of the work and gives you tools and possibly freedom to make your point or explain your experience.

    BIOGRAPHY

    Liesbeth Fit works as an independent writer, editor, curator and researcher. She studied design at the Utrecht School of the Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Currently she teaches writing and narrative classes at Design Academy Eindhoven and is a contributing editor of www.lexiconofdesignresearch.com where she also developed podcasts on design research. At the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague she worked as theory teacher for the Interior Design department and developed the Research & Discourse program and the Writing Art course in cooperation with the Readership Art, Theory and Practice. She published on design, art and architecture in a.o Items, Smaak, Mr. Motley and the Journal of Modern Craft and was an editor for Z Magazine. Her latest publication is in: De Vet, A. (ed.). (2020). Design Dedication. Adaptive mentalities in design education (2020). Amsterdam: Valiz.

    This course is part of the Art Research Programme of the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice.