- Lectorate Art Theory & Practice
- Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
- Prinsessegracht 4
- NL – 2514 AN Den Haag
- +31 (0)70 3154755
Words are an effective tool to tell stories, to describe our world or to explain ideas. In the course ‘Epistolary Approaches: Writing and (Artistic) Research’ we will add yet another layer to these possibilities: using words to explore the vast potential of the very person writing – you.
The course raises the question of how to recognize raw material for the expression of thought, of ideas and vision; how to use the potential of private (autobiographical) material for strong, eloquent storytelling. In the course, the act of writing – and more specifically of letter and fiction writing – and the analysis of the written will be presented as tools for (artistic) research, through the presentation of theories, writing exercises, and the study of texts by makers and thinkers. You will learn how to use these different forms of writing for the articulation of a research or project proposal. Above all, you will learn how to overcome the common ‘fear of beginning’, and to start writing.
The programme will guide you toward the production of a goal text – such as a poem or a selection of poems, a theatre piece, a short story, a graphic novel, a song text, a letter or a research proposal – as the outcome of the course, to be presented and discussed en groupe.
Please note: this is NOT a course in academic writing, and NOT a course in so-called creative writing. The main aim of this course is to learn to apply strategies in writing to support one’s (artistic) research and practice.
The course is intended for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year BA students from all departments of the KABK. The course also welcomes students from Leiden University.
Between 10 to 12 students can participate in
The course will be in English.
There are no
admission requirements for this course. Apply before Friday 8 February 2019 23:59h (CET) by registering for the course
Key competencies addressed in this course are: creative ability, capacity for critical reflection, capacity for growth and innovation, communicative ability and contextual awareness.
Students will be evaluated primarily with respect to the following criteria:
The course is taught by PhDArts doctoral candidate Maya Rasker.
After a career as creative producer in the film industry, Rasker (Málaga, 1965) turned her ambition to writing: essayism, journalism, theatre, scenario. With her prize-winning debut Unknown Destination (2000) she made her entrance in the world of literature. Her work is published in the United States, Spain, Russia, Germany, Hungaria and Turkey. In 2012 she completed her Master in Artistic Research (Universiteit van Amsterdam). The thesis, on the position of the author after publication of the work, was appreciated with cum laude. As lecturer at the Master Artistic Research in and through Cinema in Amsterdam, and other MA and BA art institutes, she designs and teaches courses on writing and (artistic) research, on the transformation of the autobiography, and on the notion of ‘the beginning’ in art production and research. She was Research Coordinator for the School of Media at the University of the Arts Utrecht from 2014-2017.
No laptops allowed in the class room. Students should bring pens, pencils, and enough paper to enjoy a lot of hand writing in class.
For questions about the courses in the Art
Research Programme, please contact Lotte Betting, coordinator of the lectorate,