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
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
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)
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.
- 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.
- 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,
- at the events, you help out with the event and preparations
- two events you share an artistic contribution