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Research class: WRITING OUT LOUD

research class by Stefan Vanthuyne & Inge Henneman

In this research class you explore and discover how you, as a visual artist, can use writing as an instrument in your thinking and working process; as a way to look critically at your own work and the work of others, but also as a way to get closer to yourself and your artistic practice. As you can think aloud, here you will write aloud. The purpose is not to become a writer, but to become familiar with words and to find your own voice to talk about your work. Thus, the common thread throughout the research class is the laying of a solid foundation for an artist's statement.

At the start of the research class, we give due attention to your notebook and diary entries, which you start keeping prior to the research class. Could they be important for artists, for example, to sharpen their awareness in observation and expose to us how we see and think? Throughout the week during interactive sessions we share our influences, references and sources, we map our genealogy as an artist, and reflect on what occupies our minds on a daily basis. We do word and writing exercises (possibly in relation to images) that pull you out of your comfort zone and your familiar artistic vocabulary. We literally cut, shred and paste text into new sentences and constructions. We visit a museum, where you choose a work to write about. We respond with words to each other’s work and talk about the relation we experience between words and the visual. We read a couple of artists' texts. But we stay away from the hermetic ‘art speak’ and look for more personal and free forms like letters, conversations, stream of consciousness or visual poetry.

Wilfried Huet of Gagarin magazine (to be confirmed) will show how you can open up the whole matter of text and art when 'the artist in his/her own words' stays away from explanation or justification. There will be an intervention by artist Mekhitar Garabedian (to be confirmed), who will lend us his perspective on an exercise in artistic research. A third guest, a yet to be determined writer, comes to visit and brings his or her experiences to the table.

>> Deze research class maakt deel uit van de RESEARCH WEEK Oktober 2021 en ARTICULATE 2021.