With the aim of exposing affinities between written and practical research, this course focuses on writing practice as a form of making. In order to investigate this our first-year seminars are composed of student presentations and the study of diverse examples of writing. For each seminar the text we examine will be thematically related to an aspect of contemporary practice, such as artworks that take the form of writing, which we will look at first.
There is a strong emphasis on testing work during the seminars, and first-year students are required to present every month. In these presentations critical attention and discourse provide each student with the means to establish and/or develop their own research, which will then form the basis for their thesis in the second year.
First-year students will organise a public event or symposium in the latter half of the year. This is wholly determined by the group and is an opportunity to experiment with writing in relation to one’s broader practice, a site and an audience.
Reading materials will be sent in advance and students are required to print and bring these to the seminars.
with Joseph Noonan Ganley