PRACTICE TUTORIAL ESSAYING ART 


Course manual

  Overview 

  form: Practice Tutorial 6 ECTS (168 hours / total period of 8 months)

  tutor: Emily Huurdeman 

  guest teachers: Oscar Santillan, Christina Della Giustina, Amy Pickles, Alice Ladenburg

  participants: 4-6 first-year students of master Artistic Research UvA

  period: September to May


  structure:

  8 events and 8 meetings (40%): 3 hours per event and 5 hours meeting 

  4 artistic contributions (40%): 5-10 minutes, 2 at the public events and 2 in the meetings 

  1 Online Pillow Book (20%): 4 short (300-500 words) theoretically underpinned formations

  

 COURSE Description 

 

The subject of the tutorial is the intertwinement of artistic and scientific research strategies and how you can use them in your artistic practice. The focus is on your work in progress: sharing, tracking, analyzing and reflecting. This tutorial consists of a full tutorial day every second Tuesday of the month and an every last Tuesday of the month an evening at Café Chercher.

 

The tutorial day will provide you with theoretical background, guest tutors, and peer feedback. On tutorial days you will share your reflections on your artistic contributions, formulate your own position towards the theory, and contextualize your artistic work and research. The theoretical framework is based on the artistic essay as an approach, we will use four core commitments of the essay to discover and develop artistic strategies of researching. The meetings aim to provide a space in which you and your peers can share, discuss, analyze and reflect on your artistic process. Together we'll create an environment in which we can collectively doubt, experiment, speculate and be critical

 

You will also share your artistic research works in an unfinished stage at Café Chercher. The platform is a public space where you will get feedback from a wide range of people. Café Chercher is an art cafe for presenting unfinished research projects. These projects typically exist in-between the realms of the arts and the sciences in an environment for artists involved in research and researchers involved in the arts. Events are filled with presentations, performances, dance, music, videos, soup and drinks. Participants are art practitioners, students, PhD-researchers, alumni and professors from different disciplines and institutions. You will connect with a growing community of inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional artistic researchers.

 

Café Chercher (http://cafechercher.org) is organized between 18.30h and 20.30h. The evening is hosted at VOX-POP Creative Space of the UvA Humanities Faculty (Binnengasthuisstraat 9, Amsterdam)

 

 

STRUCTURE 

1) ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTIONS (4 total, 40%)

There will be at least four artistic contributions. These contributions are artistic works of your research project in an unfinished stage. Two are shared in the public and informal environment of Café Chercher and two are shared in the private environment of the meetings. The public environment provides feedback from a wide range of people, while the private environment will provide feedback from your peers and the tutor(s). The contributions are experimental and should be critical towards the used form and content. The contributions should have a speculative point of view towards your research and you should aim to search for the new and hypothetical rather than the safe and known. The contributions are in a conceptually coherent form (for instance: a try-out, prototype, workshop, lecture performance)and may use all different artistic disciplines and media (for instance: video, poem, dance, theater, music). The goal is to investigate different artistic forms of your research by being eclectic, by being influenced, by combining, by composing, by collaging, by associating, and perhaps even by collaborating.

 

2) MAKING AN ONLINE "PILLOW BOOK"  (20%)

The Zuihitsu is a form of Japanese literature related to the essay. It incorporates drawings and different forms of writing (lists; scribbles; dreams; quotes; etcetera), the Zuihitsu uses the visual and textual in a fragmented, nonlinear, way. One of the most famous Zuihitsu's dates from 1002 and is called "Makura no Soshi” which translates into “The pillow book”. A modern-day Zuihitsu could incorporate sound, video, images, and web-links. The perfect place to facilitate this form is the workspace of the Research Catalogue from the Society of Artistic Research. Students create a workspace and update this space over the course of the 8 months. The goal is to archive material and to track an artistic thought-process. In the meetings you will reflect on your artistic contribution and you will get feedback from peers which you can include in your Pillow Book. The pages will be shared in the meetings and will contain your formulations.

 

Formulations (300-500 words)

In preparation for the meetings (see point 3), you will formulate and theoretically underpin what your definition of the discussed theme is (this can be theoretically, artistically, personally, politically, etcetera). This also includes reflecting on how your formulation of the commitment relates to your own artistic practice and research. Think of conceptually coherent forms (for instance: report, list, essay, diary entry, dream, dialogue, poem, song, video, subtitles, voice recording) and add it to your Pillow Book.

 

Summary 

- sign up for the research Catalogue Workspace and make a ‘Pillow Book’ workspace

- include at least 4 formulations 

- include non-textual elements

 

3) MEETINGS AND EVENTS (16 total, 40% total)

 

3.1) MEETINGS (8 total, 20%)

The first meeting is an introduction to practice-based artistic research methodologies and projects. The other meetings have one of the following four commitments as themes: “unfinished”, “experiment”, “critical" and “speculative”. These words connected to both artistic as well as scientific domains. and are intentionally broad. The four commitments become defined by using them in relation to each other and in relation to your own artistic and theoretical research context. You will prepare each meeting by reading an assigned paper, selecting a paper, listening to a lecture. The meetings revolve around peer feedback, and reflections on the artistic progress of your research.

 

Summary: 

- every meeting you prepare by formulating your own definition and use of the commitment that is discussed

- every meeting we discuss and reflect on Café Chercher and the contributions

- in two meetings you share an artistic contribution

 

3.2) EVENTS (8 total, 20%)

You partake in the monthly event by contributing with artistic contributions as described in paragraph 1, and by helping at the events (for instance: help at the bar, be a host(ess), think of a funky soup). We will reflect the events every following meeting and discuss possible changes to the format and experiment with them. Additionally, you can document an event in any way you like (for instance: voice-recording, poetry, video, photography), make a clipping or make a video for on the bar (See Café Chercher Clippings). They are not mandatory, but can be used as an artistic contribution,

 

Summary:

- at the events, you help out with the event and preparations 

- two events you share an artistic contribution

 

 


Schedules

Month

Date 

 Number 

Time

Description 

September

26th

Event #4.1

17.00-20.30

Café Chercher at VOX-POPFirst Café Chercher of the season! 


October

10th

Meeting #1

10.00-13.00

14.00-17.00

Introduction and discussion 

Discussing the format of Café Chercher. Discussing the four theoretical commitments and their relevance for artistic research. Introducing and discussing the 'process evaluation criteria’ of the tutorial. Introduction of your artistic work. Introducing the  Journal of Artistic Research (JAR).

Practicalities: making the presentation schedule for the artistic contributions (see above)

 

Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.1

Introducing the commitments, the tutorial, JAR

Share introduction of your artistic practice


 

31th

ASCA 

 


Event #4.2

15.00-17.30

 

18.30-21.30

optional: ASCA Research Group on Artistic Research (at Belle van Zuylenzaal, 

Singel 421-427, 1012 WP Amsterdam UB)


Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00)

November

14th

15th

Meeting #2

10.00-15.00

On artistic research (at Vondelzaal, Room C1.08 in de UB, Singel 425)

Introduction to the theoretical field (debate, methodologies), introduction of the practical field (practice based and practice led research), and artistic research in the different disciplines. Practicalities: introducing the Research Catalogue Workspace

 

Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.2

Read: choose and read an article from the  Journal of Artistic Research (JAR) that is relevant for you and share the webpage in class 


 

28th

ARIAS



Event #4.3

16.00-18.00

 

18.30-21.30

ARIAS Info-night on Artistic Research PhD’s at VOX-POP



Café Chercher at VOX-POP  (19.00-21.00)

 

December

January

12th

13th

16th

Meeting #3

10.00-

13.00-15.00

On the unfinished, on doubt (at VOX-POP)

On the essay and essayistic science, on the value of prototyping, probing, try-outs, and jams. On research in process. 

 

Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.3

Formulation #1:  what questions and doubts you have in relation to your artistic work and research, and what certainties you might be able to question? (add in your Pillowbook)

Watch Robin Deacon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g7WEcaogsQ)

Watch essay film in class

 

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January

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30th

Event #4.4

18.00-21.30

Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00)

(share: artistic contributions by Hanna and Sara-Lot)

 

February 

13th

Meeting #4

10.00-15.00

On experimenting (at VOX-POP OMPH A1.18D)

On experimental methodologies in Artistic Research

10.00-11.00 Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.4(Hanna and Sara-Lot) Talk about contributions in Café Chercher #4.5 (Christine and Ester Eva) 

11.00-12.00 Guest teacher Oscar Santillan (http://www.oscarsantillan.com)

12.00-12.30 break 

12.30-15.00 Everone shares new steps in their artistic process (bring or show) and/or everyone shares new insights and developments in their research process (share through the Pillowbook) Formulation #2: how do you “experiment” (theoretically underpin), think of possible future forms of your artistic work in relation to the formulation. (add in your Pilowbook)  Share: do an experiment with your work, think of how you could experiment further (all students share an artistic contribution)


 

27th

Event #4.5

18.00-21.30

Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00)

(share: artistic contribution by Christine)


March

13th

Meeting #5

10.00-15.00

On a critical note (at VOX-POP OMPH E0.13)

everyone sharing their artistic process (in class) and everyone sharing their research process (in your Pillowbook). Share new insights and developments in your artistic process think about how you are going to share it and try to go beyond a default show and tell; what (part of) practice will you show (online, video, photography, physical object, performance).  Share new insights and developments in your research process in your Pillowbook, think about how the research is presented in the workspace (arrangement, voice recording, words, paper, dialogue etcetera). The idea is to be critical about the relation of form and content, with bringing together your practice and research.

 

10.00-10.45 at WG Café (Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 55, Amsterdam) Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.5 (Christine) talk about contributions in Café Chercher #4.6 (Marjolijn and Hanna)

10.45-11.45 at WG Ateliers (Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 75, Amsterdam) Guest Teacher Christina Della Giustina

12.45-13.30 break

13.00-15.00 everone shares new steps in their artistic process (bring or show) and/or everyone shares new insights and developments in their research process (share through the Pillowbook) OMPH UvA for the rest of the class (OMPH E0.13 (Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Amsterdam) unless we can meet in someone's studio space. 


OPTIONAL Formulation #3: define what “critical” means to you (research related terms and theoretically underpin) and how your research “critical”, and how is your artistic work critical? (add in your Pillow Book)


 

27th

Event #4.6

18.00-21.30

Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00)

(share: artistic contributions by Hanna and Marjolijn)


April

10th

Meeting #6

10.00-15.00

 On the speculative (at VOX-POP OMPH E0.13)

everyone shares their artistic process (in class) and everyone shares their research process (in your Pillowbook). Share new insights and developments in your artistic process think about how you are going to share it and try to go beyond a default show and tell; what (part of) practice will you show (online, video, photography, physical object, performance).  Share new insights and developments in your research process in your Pillowbook, think abouthow the research is presented in the workspace (arrangement, voice recording, words, paper, dialogue etcetera). The idea is to be critical about the relation of form and content, with bringing together your practice and research.


10.00-11.00 Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.6

11.00-12.00 Guest Teacher Amy Pickles

13.00-15.00 Everone shares new steps in their artistic process (bringor show) and everyone shares new insights and developments in their research process (share through the Pillowbook)


Watch: Agamben "On the contemporary"


OPTIONAL: Formulation #4: what defines “speculating” for you and how do you “speculate” (research related terms and theoretically underpin), what could possible future forms for your artistic work be? (add in your Pillow Book)

 

 

24th

Event #4.7

18.00-21.30

Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00)

(share: artistic contributions by Ester Eva and Sara-Lot(?))


May

15th

Meeting #7

10.00-15.00

Wild card

To be programmed with guest teacher Alice Ladenburg (http://www.aliceladenburg.com) for instance: a screening, play, concert, or a field trip, suggestions welcome!


 

29th

Meeting #8

15.00-17.00

Looking back (at VOX-POP) 

Reflecting on all the artistic contributions and the Pillowbooks

Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher 

Feedback and suggestions on the Practice Tutorial 


 

29th

Event #4.8

18.00-21.30

Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00) Last event of the season! 

(share: artistic contributions by Marjolijn, Christine, and Ester Eva)



 

EVENTS: sign in for two dates

30 January #4.4 Café Chercher name: Hanna

30 January #4.4 Café Chercher name: Sara-Lot

27 February #4.5 Café Chercher name:Ester Eva (sick, moove contribution to May?)

27 February #4.5 Café Chercher name: Christine

27 March #4.6 Café Chercher name: Marjolijn

27 March #4.6 Café Chercher name: Hanna

24 April #4.7 Café Chercher name:Ester-Eva

24 April #4.7 Café Chercher name: Sara-Lot

29th May #4.8 Café Chercher name: Marjolijn

29th May #4.8 Café Chercher name: Christine

29th May #4.8 Café Chercher name: Ester Eva


MEETINGS: sign in for one date

13 February #4 experimenting all

Guest Teacher Oscar Santillan


13 March #5 on a critical note name: Ester-Eva

13 March #5 on a critical note name:

13 March #5 on a critical note name: Sara-Lot

Guest teacherMilo van der Maaden

 

10 April #6 on the speculative name: Hanna

10 April #6 on the speculative name: Marjolijn

10 April #6 on the speculative name:  Christine

Guest Teacher


 Schedule indication for the tutorial day:

10.00 - 10.4545 minutes discussing Café Chercher (reflection and feedback)

10.45 - 11.1530 minutes discussing the the previous contributions (reflection and feedback)

break15 minutes 

11.30 - 11.45 15 minutesartistic and theoratical introduction of the commitment theme

11.45 - 13.00 75 minutesdiscussing the formulations and readings

break 30 minutes

13.30-15.00 90 minuteswatch a video essay (2017) 2-3 contributions with peer feedback (2018)

 

Schedule indication for the event day:

17.00-18.00  60 minutesarrival of core team 

18.00-19.00  60 minutesbuild-up with full team 

19.00-19.30  30 minuteshome made soup 

           19.25   5 minutesintroduction talk 

19.30-21.00  90 minutesprogram: 

                          10-15 minutes (30 minute window) 2 speakers presenting their projects room for questions

                           5-10 minutes (15 minute window) 1 or 2 performances (art, music, dance, theatre, poetry) 

                           5-10 minutes(15 minute window) 1 video screening (Clipping)

                           continuous(on the bar) 1 video screening on a tv (Clippings) 

21.00-21.30  30 minutesdrinks and small snacks 

21.15-21.45  30 minutesbuild-down with full team