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17 Feb 2016

Creative Forms of Art Criticism and Writing by Node Center

'Creative Forms of Art Criticism and Writing' online course by Node Center
Node Center for Curatorial Studies - Berlin


- Duration: Mar 10 - 31, 2016 - Application deadline: March 7, 2016 - Lecturer: An Paenhuysen - Participation fee: 148 EUR


Node Center for Curatorial Studies
Oranienstr. 24
10999 Berlin

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An online course by Node Center

*Live video-conferences every Thursday at 7pm Central European Time. Recordings will be available in case you miss a live session!

In this Course we delve into experimental and hybrid forms of writing and art criticism. On a macro-level we will investigate how art criticism can open up to a bigger realm that goes beyond a particular artwork or exhibition, providing insight into ongoing tendencies and movements in contemporary culture. How do critics put the finger on the pulse of their times? On a micro-level we will also look for ways to expand art criticism's narrative into the poetic and the fictional. What happens when nonfiction and fiction meet in art criticism?

We will experiment with the writing of art criticism not just to find new creative forms but for what it can contribute to the art world in a deeper way. The general aim of this course is to develop a better sense of your own personal interests, voice and style. Therefore an intensive engagement of the participant is required.

- Duration: Mar 10 - 31, 2016
- Application deadline: Monday, March 7, 2016
- Lecturer: An Paenhuysen
- Participation fee: 148 EUR

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Week 1: What is trending?

tracing trends, movements and hypes in the contemporary art world
blowing-up and venting in art criticism
the (dis)advantages of making grand, sweeping statements in art criticism
writing manifestos in art criticism: where/what is the next revolution?

Week 2: Signature shot

feedback on writing assignment
what is one's own voice? Finding your 'signature shot'
investigate historical examples of daring voices in art writing in the 1920s
learning to control the narrative / develop a sense of construction / writing with the ear

Week 3: (Non)Fiction

feedback writing assignment
fictional form in art criticism: the art work as starting point for fictional and poetic developments
the question of truth and untruth in art criticism
the writers' room or writing as a collective

Week 4: New perspectives

feedback writing assignment
developing interests in your writing/mapping
creating new perspectives on art
deconstructing the trodden path
writing exercise in class