Graduate Research Seminar 2012/2013

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The Past

View 2011/2012 Graduate Research Seminar documentation here => Graduate Research Seminar 2011/2012
View Research Methodologies Seminar documentation here => Reading,_Writing_&_Research_Methodologies_2011/2012


2013/2014

Project Proposal Outline

Three stages to proposal


NOTES ON WRITING A THESIS

The written thesis is a crucial part of any Master Project and needs to be carefully planned from the start. What follows are some notes to guide you in the construction of your thesis, according to a chosen format. Make use of the guidance available in other informational documents – including the PZI Programme Handbook and the PZI Proposal Guide.


I. THESIS AIMS

The main purpose of the thesis is to articulate in writing issues, questions and ideas that inform or shape your practice.

Think of the thesis, regardless of what form it takes, as a parallel activity to the body of work you are developing for your graduation – a parallel text supported by images. The thesis can combine different kinds of discourse, each of which may have different, yet overlapping, functions (see examples under “Thesis Formats” below). With your writing tutor, you will establish which form of writing is most appropriate for your practice, develop a relationship between writing and practice, and learn to consider your writing as an integral part of your practice, as a medium of reflection and production.

II. THESIS Formats

The written thesis is produced in parallel to a Graduate project. It is meant to demonstrate your ability to articulate aesthetic and critical issues that emerge from your practice, as well as historical and theoretical contexts that you are responding to and are aiming to shape. The horizon of the written thesis, like the Graduate project you exhibit as a requirement for graduation, is that it is suitable for publication (i.e. to be read by professionals, peers, and a broader public). The role of the written thesis in relation to exhibited Graduate Project may vary:

1) It can take the form of a report on practice and research. Here, "research" has an open definition, but one that you must be able to articulate clearly. It will be presented alongside a body of work that is directly addressed in the report.

2) It can take the form of an analytical essay exploring related artistic, theoretical, historical and critical issues and practices that inform your practice, without necessarily referring to your work directly. The essay will, however, be evaluated against the exhibited body of work, and you will be asked to articulate in the Project Proposal and in the final assessment how your written thesis informs the aesthetic, theoretical and technical choices in your body of work.

3) The presentation of a text as a body of work is possible, but requires close consultation with your advising tutors and your writing tutors. With this option, you will have to establish whether your Graduate Project and thesis are one and the same, or whether they form two distinct components. The form that your text may take is more open, but you are required to demonstrate research, as well as critical and theoretical mastery of the concepts that inform the choice of form.

4) A combination of options 1), 2) or 3) is also possible, in which case the text as body of work is distinct from the part that constitutes a report or an analytical essay. In this case, the roles of the different textual materials comprising your thesis should be clearly articulated in your Project Proposal.

Examples of what the different formats could include, are:

• a descriptive account of developing ideas, processes and products, along with an analytical critique of your work and its formative processes • a narrative that traces a web of relationships – contextualizing your work in relation to other practitioners, practices and artworks, situating your work within relevant theoretical, philosophical, aesthetic and other fields of knowledge • an in-depth reflection on an artistic, literary, historical, critical or other practice which is inspirational to your own • a more creative or poetic discourse that that may be analogous to, or have structural affinities with, your body of work – shedding light on the themes, methods and visual signs that you have been exploring • a series of diagrams, tables and visualizations charting the progress of ideas and forms using textual alongside other material • a piece of artistic writing experimenting with formats of creative writing, authorship or publishing

III. THESIS REQUIREMENTS

The thesis presented as part requirement for the award of the Master of Fine Art degree is normally equivalent to not fewer than 7,000 words and not more than 8,000 words. In the case that you choose to combine your Graduate Project and thesis, meaning your entire Graduate Project is text-based, the number of words appropriate to your writing will have to be determined with the Course Director, your advising tutors and your writing tutor.

With the report on practice and research (option 1) you are required:

• to provide an analytical account of the development of your work (thinking processes as well as material processes) in relation to the aims and objectives identified in your Project Proposal • to locate your work in relation to appropriate contexts (for example: relevant theories, ideas, historical and/or contemporary art and design practices) • to evaluate critically your body of work as a whole, against clearly formulated criteria

With the analytical essay (option 2) the requirements are very similar:

• to provide an analytical account of the development of artistic practice, theoretical, historical or cultural phenomena (thinking processes as well as material processes) in relation to the aims and objectives identified in your Graduate Project Proposal • to create appropriate contexts for your practice (for example by writing about relevant theories, ideas, historical or contemporary art and design practices) • to evaluate critically your body of work as a whole, against clearly formulated criteria

With the text as a body of work (option 3) the requirements are again somewhat similar:

• to demonstrate, by way of your artistic or experimental writing, an analytical approach to the development of artistic practice, theoretical, historical or cultural phenomena (thinking processes as well as material processes) in relation to the aims and objectives identified in your Project Proposal • to create appropriate contexts for your practice (for example by supplementing your work with an experimental form of writing which develops relevant theories, ideas, historical or contemporary art and design practices) • to evaluate critically your body of work as a whole, against clearly formulated criteria

However, you will need to provide a preface or appendix if your approach does not perform the above.


And here is some practical help:

http://pzwart3.wdka.hro.nl/wiki/A_Guide_to_Essay_Writing



2012/2013

upload bios and abstracts here:

Name

Bio

Abstract



Graduation 2013 Planning Page


I will be giving one hour tutorials on the

9th April http://pzwart3.wdka.hro.nl/wiki/Calendars:Networked_Media_Calendar/Networked_Media_Calendar/09-04-2013_-Event_3

16th April http://pzwart3.wdka.hro.nl/wiki/Calendars:Networked_Media_Calendar/Networked_Media_Calendar/16-04-2013_-Event_4

17th April http://pzwart3.wdka.hro.nl/wiki/Calendars:Networked_Media_Calendar/Networked_Media_Calendar/17-04-2013_-Event_2

Please book ahead of time so I have time to prepare, read and take notes on your texts

Thesis: Key Dates

Jan 13: deadline, outline and bibliography of thesis

Jan 25: deadline, 1st chapter of thesis

March 13: deadline, 1st draft

May 27: thesis deadline


Latest version thesis

20 May 2013

06-5-13

13-3-13

Those of you who have been working in Aymeric's seminar will continue to read and comment on each other's texts

Those who have not will form a group and read each other's texts

In both groups the reader communicates to the writer what the text gave them to understand.

The aim over the next few weeks is to get the draft into good shape ahead of the interim assessment (25 March), by which time the project and the thesis must both have a clear direction and structure.

If you are unable to make the seminar please give notice of absence

1st Draft

13-3-13

First chapters Thesis

25-1-13

Outline and Bibliography

16-1-13

Please make a draft outline ahead of the seminar on Wednesday (one side of A4) and a bibliography. You may want to use your project proposal as a basis for this.

Thesis outlines


Here are some notes that may help as a guide:


NOTES ON WRITING A THESIS

The written thesis is a crucial part of any Master Project and needs to be carefully planned from the start. What follows are some notes to guide you in the construction of your thesis, according to a chosen format. Make use of the guidance available in other informational documents – including the PZI Programme Handbook and the PZI Proposal Guide.


I. THESIS AIMS

The main purpose of the thesis is to articulate in writing issues, questions and ideas that inform or shape your practice.

Think of the thesis, regardless of what form it takes, as a parallel activity to the body of work you are developing for your graduation – a parallel text supported by images. The thesis can combine different kinds of discourse, each of which may have different, yet overlapping, functions (see examples under “Thesis Formats” below). With your writing tutor, you will establish which form of writing is most appropriate for your practice, develop a relationship between writing and practice, and learn to consider your writing as an integral part of your practice, as a medium of reflection and production.

II. THESIS Formats

The written thesis is produced in parallel to a Graduate project. It is meant to demonstrate your ability to articulate aesthetic and critical issues that emerge from your practice, as well as historical and theoretical contexts that you are responding to and are aiming to shape. The horizon of the written thesis, like the Graduate project you exhibit as a requirement for graduation, is that it is suitable for publication (i.e. to be read by professionals, peers, and a broader public). The role of the written thesis in relation to exhibited Graduate Project may vary:

1) It can take the form of a report on practice and research. Here, "research" has an open definition, but one that you must be able to articulate clearly. It will be presented alongside a body of work that is directly addressed in the report.

2) It can take the form of an analytical essay exploring related artistic, theoretical, historical and critical issues and practices that inform your practice, without necessarily referring to your work directly. The essay will, however, be evaluated against the exhibited body of work, and you will be asked to articulate in the Project Proposal and in the final assessment how your written thesis informs the aesthetic, theoretical and technical choices in your body of work.

3) The presentation of a text as a body of work is possible, but requires close consultation with your advising tutors and your writing tutors. With this option, you will have to establish whether your Graduate Project and thesis are one and the same, or whether they form two distinct components. The form that your text may take is more open, but you are required to demonstrate research, as well as critical and theoretical mastery of the concepts that inform the choice of form.

4) A combination of options 1), 2) or 3) is also possible, in which case the text as body of work is distinct from the part that constitutes a report or an analytical essay. In this case, the roles of the different textual materials comprising your thesis should be clearly articulated in your Project Proposal.

Examples of what the different formats could include, are:

• a descriptive account of developing ideas, processes and products, along with an analytical critique of your work and its formative processes • a narrative that traces a web of relationships – contextualizing your work in relation to other practitioners, practices and artworks, situating your work within relevant theoretical, philosophical, aesthetic and other fields of knowledge • an in-depth reflection on an artistic, literary, historical, critical or other practice which is inspirational to your own • a more creative or poetic discourse that that may be analogous to, or have structural affinities with, your body of work – shedding light on the themes, methods and visual signs that you have been exploring • a series of diagrams, tables and visualizations charting the progress of ideas and forms using textual alongside other material • a piece of artistic writing experimenting with formats of creative writing, authorship or publishing

III. THESIS REQUIREMENTS

The thesis presented as part requirement for the award of the Master of Fine Art degree is normally equivalent to not fewer than 7,000 words and not more than 8,000 words. In the case that you choose to combine your Graduate Project and thesis, meaning your entire Graduate Project is text-based, the number of words appropriate to your writing will have to be determined with the Course Director, your advising tutors and your writing tutor.

With the report on practice and research (option 1) you are required:

• to provide an analytical account of the development of your work (thinking processes as well as material processes) in relation to the aims and objectives identified in your Project Proposal • to locate your work in relation to appropriate contexts (for example: relevant theories, ideas, historical and/or contemporary art and design practices) • to evaluate critically your body of work as a whole, against clearly formulated criteria

With the analytical essay (option 2) the requirements are very similar:

• to provide an analytical account of the development of artistic practice, theoretical, historical or cultural phenomena (thinking processes as well as material processes) in relation to the aims and objectives identified in your Graduate Project Proposal • to create appropriate contexts for your practice (for example by writing about relevant theories, ideas, historical or contemporary art and design practices) • to evaluate critically your body of work as a whole, against clearly formulated criteria

With the text as a body of work (option 3) the requirements are again somewhat similar:

• to demonstrate, by way of your artistic or experimental writing, an analytical approach to the development of artistic practice, theoretical, historical or cultural phenomena (thinking processes as well as material processes) in relation to the aims and objectives identified in your Project Proposal • to create appropriate contexts for your practice (for example by supplementing your work with an experimental form of writing which develops relevant theories, ideas, historical or contemporary art and design practices) • to evaluate critically your body of work as a whole, against clearly formulated criteria

However, you will need to provide a preface or appendix if your approach does not perform the above.


And here is some practical help:

http://pzwart3.wdka.hro.nl/wiki/A_Guide_to_Essay_Writing

09-01-13

thesis outlines

20-11-12

Proposal Presentations

7-11-12

Individual tutorials. Bring latest draft of proposal. Use proposal outline below as template.

10-10-12

Plan for weeks leading to autumn break.

10-10-12 Individual tutorials with Steve all day. Agenda: We will look at the texts you have compiled over the past few weeks and plan a (very) rough draft proposal (go to Calendars:Networked_Media_Calendar to book place – and check the proposal outline below).

17-10-12 Before we take a break we will look at our (very) rough drafts and discuss how you we can build on what you have.

03-10-12

Things to get together for Wednesday’s seminar

To all: follow Aymeric’s advice and identify key words; remember that the writing and study you did last year in the methods sem is a resource that you can draw on as you gather material for your proposal and thesis.

Demet: Make descriptions of recent projects (what)

Astrid: Bring descriptions together and describe method

Dennis: Bring descriptions together, describe method, make plan

Marie: describe recent projects, relation to last year’s annotations and essays (there is a strong connection there that needs articulating)

Jasper: look at why and how; extend on things you have made before and make link to essay and annotations

Janis: descriptions of work; points of connection; description of how method is developing; also, re the digital image as coded image, Simon advises you check

http://www.davidbordwell.net/books/pandora.php and the blog: http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/ see also Objectivity by Galison, Steve has copy

Mano: Analyse descriptions and try to make an overview which will describe method; emphasis on why and how; link to annotations and essays

Dave: articulate connections to practical projects; identify separate themes in your workshop proposal and ask how different concerns are best addressed; what is the role of the audience and what is the role of the experiment? => workshop themes

Petra: Analyse work patterns (describe practice) and relate it to your essays, annotations and notes from last year.

Eleanor: articulate method, link to annotations and essays from yr1

Andre: identify keywords, processes and interests' link to work - text

19-09-12 Seminar

Project Proposal Outline

Three stages to proposal

Assignments 1st Trimester

Assignments 17 October 2012

Assignments October 10th 2012

Assignments 3 October 2012

Assignment 26th september 2012

Assignment 19th september 2012

Documentation process

Archiving grad projects 2013