Methods Lens-Based 2017-18

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The Reading, Writing, and Research Methodologies Seminar is tailored towards (further) developing research methods within the first year of this master. By establishing a solid foundation of research skills, it will eventually prepare students for their Graduate research in the second year. Through reading core theoretical texts, they will establish a common vocabulary and set of references to work from. They will learn the practice of classic ‘essayistic methodologies’, including close reading, annotation, description and notation, students learn to survey a body of literature, filter what is relevant to their research and create comparative pieces of analysis. The seminar helps students to establish methodical drafting processes for their texts, where they can develop ideas further and structure their use of notes and references. The course takes as axiomatic that the perceived division between ‘practice’ and ‘theory’ is essentially an illusion.

Curriculum: The seminar will involve:

(a.) Identifying the object of your research: description and analysis of your work

(b.) Contextualizing your work through description and reflection on contemporary and historical practices.

(c.) Identify research material key to your practice.

(d.) Synopsis and annotation of key texts

(e.) Writing machines: creating methods for group and individual writing.

Throughout, there will be an emphasis on working collectively, whether in a larger discussion group or in smaller reading and writing groups.

Editing Reading, Writing & Research Methodologies - handbook information


Outcome of the seminar (trimester three)

The specific outcome for the RW&RM seminar of 2016-17 will be a 1500 word text which reflects on your own method and situates your work in relation to a broader artistic and cultural context. The various texts produced within the RW&RM seminar will serve as source material for your text on method. In common with all modules on the course RW&RM serves to support your self-directed research. Therefore, the text on method will inform your Self-Evaluation at the end of the third trimester and provide the basis for your Graduate Project Proposal that you will produce in the fourth trimester.

Text on method 2018 lens-based

Please make "methods page" from your "student page"


23 June

Final session


1st Hour

Review of the methods seminar.

A) What worked for you in the seminar? B) What could be done to improve the seminar?

What happens next year? :

1) Introduction to graduate research seminar,

2) project proposal,

3) thesis

2nd & 3rd Hour

A) In groups of 3 ask = what do I want to do with writing next year?

B) What are my options?

C) What forms and methods can I use?

June 7

session postponed

- please upload latest text (media object or text on method) on to wiki

23 May

Groups of three

Text on Method - winding up

Media object - progress so far

Dear Audiobook, by Irma

10 May - review text on method draft

[| Qian's first draft text on Method]

Irma's first draft text on Method

Paulas Text on Method

[| Ryan – Methodology ]

Anna's Text on Method

Sigrun's draft

Steve's notes on Sigrun 10-5

Guys! let's get this text on method finished

Also on the agenda: my pet media object.

A media object can be anything from a newspaper or a bath plug; a prayer or a piece of code.

Pick an object and we will discuss it.

19 April - Draft text on Method


Building on self-directed research

part one:

1) The Question

2) The Type Up

Upload texts: (wiki page or pad)

Part two (next session)

3) Annotating The Question

4) Applying the template

5) The Review (14:00)


22- March

10:00 = 1) The Question

11:30 = 2) The Type Up

Upload your texts here (wiki page or pad)

[| Sigrun's notes]

Irma's notes on past, current, future works

Anna: Past, Current, Future works


Paulas Writing Machine

Ryan - March 22 Questions

[| Qian]

12:20 = 3) Annotating The Question

13:00 = 4) The Review


Outcome of this trimester: Essay, word count 1500

Essay One

please make link to essay below

Anna's Essay Tri1


Irma's essay : Formula of credibility based on Noam Chomsky

Seeing and Observing Today, by Sigrun


Essay Two

please make link to essay below


Anna's Essay Tri2

Irma's 2nd essay : Counseling by the movie stars?


2nd Essay Vertical Perspective and The Overview Effect by Sigrun

The Future is as Real as the Past - Ryan

Notes on Self-directed Research

Irma's Page to RW&RM

22- March

10:00 = 1) The Question

11:30 = 2) The Type Up

Upload your texts here (wiki page or pad)

[| Sigrun's notes]

Irma's notes on past, current, future works

Anna: Past, Current, Future works


Paulas Writing Machine

Ryan - March 22 Questions

[| Qian]

12:20 = 3) Annotating The Question

13:00 = 4) The Review

Serving Library Workshop

Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey writes:

This brief workshop is based on The Serving Library, an archiving/publishing platform located online at, and offline at an art school gallery in Liverpool. The engine of its activities is a journal originally titled ‘Dot Dot Dot’ (since 2000), now ‘Bulletins of The Serving Library’ (since 2011). The Liverpool venue is conceived as a ’satellite seminar space’, set up to work with local, national and international groups of students. Its walls are lined with around 100 framed objects, each of which originally appeared as an illustration in one of the two journals. Classes are typically based on the journal’s wide-ranging themes, such as Time, Psychedelia, Numbers, or Perspective, with the works on the walls reflexively drawn into the discussion.

Following an introductory talk, during which I will elaborate on the past, present and future of The Serving Library, you are then invited to propose a new object and accompanying (short) text, to be written *in the manner of The Serving Library* – whatever we decide that means – and presented by the end of Friday’s session. We will discuss your proposals in progress, individually and in groups.

Those intending to participate should familiarize themselves with the Serving Library website and make sure to read the following sample Bulletin before we begin on Wednesday morning:

1 February

10:00 Review of progress - set aims for today

10:30 onwards: meet with steve in groups of 2 + individual tutorials

All day = write and research

16:00 upload today's work (draft, notes, reading list &c)

16:30: meet to review today's progress

Sigrun - Notes on The Burden of Representation, John Tagg

17-Jan-2017 Preparing the 2nd essay

Today I will meet with you individually to talk about your work and what you would like to write in the second trimester. Please sign up here:

Please be prepared to show me your work, things from the past and current work and be prepared to talk to me about what you are reading and writing. The aim is to think about an individual methods study plan for this trimester

To which end...

Please use the time when you are not seeing me to do one or more of the following:


make a plan for your 2nd trimester essay:

What is your core interest?

What do you want to find out about?

what texts will you draw on?

What do these texts say?


write a synopsis of a text you are currently reading


write a what, why, how description of your latest project

18 January

Session one

30 November - please upload final version of essay here

Anna Final Essay Media's Evolution in Feminism

Where do we go from here? Investigations into Post-Internetism - Ryan

Seeing and Observing Today, by Sigrun

Essay first trimester: Fabian (pdf)


Irma's essay : Formula of credibility based on Noam Chomsky

Paulas essay: Queer Strategies

Qian : Audio Visual Art and Extensions

Taking notes on the photobook project

Split into groups of two:

Roles: A: interviewee and B: note taker

A talk about your photobook for 45 minutes:

What is it?

How is it made?

Why are you making it?

Is there a relation to the text you have been writing for the methods class?

What is its relation to other work you have made?

What is its relation to work by other people?

Hand over the notes to your colleague


For the remaining time: edit the text your colleague has provided

12:30 Upload both versions on the wiki

Notes + edited notes (keep the first version)


Sigrun's photobook and notes by Xian

23 November- please upload latest version of essay here

Steve will give written feedback

Anna's Second Draft

Paula: Visual Thinking meets Queer Theory


Irma's essay : Formula of credibility based on Noam Chomsky


Sigrun's Draft


Here are the guidelines we followed last week:

Describe, in your own words, what the texts you are reading are about.

Why this text is of interest to you?

What is its relation to your self directed research?

Title- abstract- notation

Give a title

Make an abstract (two to three sentences which give outline of the text- answer: what do you want this text to do?)

Use the Harvard method to make references

Make bibliography

Useful links:

Notes on Harvard method are here:

A Guide to Essay Writing

Jstor is a very useful resource

Make link to your draft here


Paula: Visual Thinking meets Queer Theory

Irma's essay : Formula of credibility based on Noam Chomsky

Sigrun's First Draft

Anna's First Draft


9 Nov

Lesson plan:

Continuing from the last session

The aim between now and the end of the trimester to write an essay (1500 words max).

This week we will discuss the material you are working on and next session (next week) we will review the first drafts.

Aim of essay: Choose two texts that have been reading which have a relation to each other and make a comparison.

To do so you will need to make a synopsis of the texts (outline what the thesis of each is = what is the text about? = what does it have to say?).

Groups of three: Make notes on the pad of what your peers have to say.

1) Writer: describe, in your own words, what the text (s) you are reading are about.

2) Readers: make notes on the pad of what your peer is saying.

Readers, ask:

3) Why this text is of interest to you?

4) What is its relation to your self directed research?

5) After fifteen minutes of discussion hand over the notes to the writer. The writer then uses this as a basis to edit into and write a synopsis of their text.

After one hour take your colleagues' notes on your chosen text and work into them.

Half an hour before the end of the session we meet as a group to review work done.

12 – Oct

Lesson Plan

So far you have:

(1) made a brief description (what, how and why?) of a project you worked on


(2) made notes on a lecture by Vilém Flusser and/ or Marshall McLuhan

If you have not done so already, please make a link from the methods page to the texts you have written.

Like this:

or this

(3) For Wednesday's session: Bring along a text you are reading or want to read in the near future.

Please choose a* text* that has a relation to the work you are doing on the course.

For instance, a text that may have been referred to in Florian's seminar; a text you have discussed in tutorials; or a text you have encountered in your self-directed research.

In this session we will devote time to making a synopsis of the text and ask how we unpick and follow productive research strands.

  • This can be a text or other piece of media (online lecture, film or video).*

The key thing is that the text is important to you and relates to your own interests.


Organizing my texts on the wiki

Here is an example of good practice:

Main session:

Theme: Structuralism, orality and literacy

Task: Identify the thesis in a given text, making notes

Steve will read or show a series of texts.

Your task is to identify and articulate the argument at the heart of the text.

Upload texts here:





First Session:Today's Task

300 word description of your work

100 words = what?


100= why?

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