Studio 08: The things you can tell just by looking (or, Oriented Writing)

Studio brief

Writing tells us who we are and how each of us thinks and interprets the world. Writing as a practice is concerned with individuated approach, with pedagogic interpretation and with modes of register. Writing as a practice is a continuous dialogue with form. Writing as a practice is:


Biographical and Autobiographical
Fictive
Creative
Critical
Centred
Experimental
Theoretical
Descriptive
Contextualising
Interpretive
Mimetic
Wilful
Obfuscatory
Riddling
Promiscuous
Radical
Community-focussed
Poetry, Prose, and Sculpture
Rhizomatic
Friendly
Warm
Graphic

Oriented Writing is the gesture that acts as a pivot to art and design.

The practice of Oriented Writing identifies, explores and analyses current trends in art and design and investigates how its issues emerge –in text, media, exhibition and curatorial agenda.

Indicative bibliography

  • Walter Benjamin, Illuminations
  • Mieke Bal, ‘Spider’: The Architecture of Art-writing
  • Dave Hickey, The Heresy of Zone Defense
  • (Various editors) The Happy Hypocrite
  • (Various editors) Dot Dot Dot
  • (Various editors) F.R. David
  • Brian Dillon, I am Sitting in a Room
  • Stewart Home, 69 Things to Do with a Dead Princess
  • Kathy Acker, Young Lust

Indicative weekly outline

Week 1: Art-oriented writing: Galleries
Week 2: Object-oriented writing: Museums
Week 3: Site-oriented writing: Architecture
Week 4: City-oriented writing: Public Sphere
Week 5: Desk-oriented writing: Research
Week 6: Self-oriented writing
Week 7: Publishing & Presentation

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Details

Tutor Ajay Hothi

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