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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 2019-20 will be a 1500 word text which reflects on your own practice 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 practice. In common with all modules on the course RW&RM serves to support your self-directed research. Therefore, the text on practice 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 Practice outline 2019-2020

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

The next four sessions will cover:

Sessions one and two – primary research (making texts about and discussing your own work)

Sessions two and three – secondary research (discussing and writing about texts and media related to your work)

Sessions five and six – synthesizing your primary and secondary research

Session One

What, How, Why

10:00 Intro

10:15 - 12:00

Describe three of your works/ projects

for each work describe

What (200 words max)

How (200 words max)

Why (200 words max)

300 word description of three works = 900 words (max)


13:00 LUNCH

14:00 finishing touches to text, meet in groups.


In groups of two or three,

Read each other's texts

Readers: give feedback (what were you given to understand by the text? how can it be improved to make it clearer?).

Spend no more than 10 mins giving feedback on each text

Writer: remain silent, do not try to defend the text, concentrate on what the text is actually communicating to your readers.

Make notes of your reader's comments

13:00 LUNCH

14:00 Continue reading in groups of two and making notes

15:00 Make changes to your draft. (Keep original version below edited version)

16:15 Finish work on edit

16:30 Meet in class as group to review and to wind up.

Last thing to do today:

Make a "methods page" within your "student page". Here is a good past examples of a well organised wiki page.



Session two Reviewing self-directed research


10:00 Steve intro

Today I want to talk to you about progress on the self-directed research.

How can the methods class be useful in

1) articulating the self-directed research

10:30 work on this pad

Talk to me about your self-directed research. Your current work.

Stage 1

30 mins:

a interviews b

a asks:

What are you making?

Why are you making it?

How does it relate to other things you have done?

How is it different to other things you have done?

What are the most significant choices have you made recently?

Throughout this exchange a takes notes on the pad

Stage 2

30 mins:

b interviews a What are you making?

Why are you making it?

Does to relate to other things you have done?

How is it different to other things you have done?

What are the most significant choices have you made recently?

Throughout this exchange b takes notes on the pad

Stage 3

60 mins

a hands the text over to b and they edit the text the other had started; elaborating on the points they have made in the interview

Stage 4:

12:45 Recap and review progress

Upload text on to this page

Make your own Self-Directed Research page.

13:00 LUNCH

What matters about reading and writing for you?

Group 1. 14:00-14:30

Group 2 14:30- 15:00 (if group 1 is still talking don’t hesitate to interrupt).

Group 3: 15:00-15:30 (if group 2 is still talking don’t hesitate to interrupt).

Group 4: 15:30-16:00(if group 3 is still talking don’t hesitate to interrupt).

17:00 finish

Archive from last year:

Session three: Synopsis, annotation, taking notes and breaking down an argument

10:00: recap and intro from Steve

Debrief Steve on progress with project you are working on

1) Unfinished business from the last session

a) make a page for self-directed research text on the wiki

Self directed research description 7-11-19

b) make link to your own methods research page on your student page

Assess what needs to be done with that text to improve (edit, add images &c), consider how it can be augmented (continued)

Sample librariesLink

2) Synopsis and break-down

Steve will present a series of arguments.

What is the thesis?

What is the conclusion?

James Bridle

New aesthetic

James Bridle

End of the future

The neural aesthetic

Kenneth Goldsmith

3) Afternoon:

Find a text (article or book chapter) which relates to your work in some way, read it and make a synopsis of it (300 words max)

Describe the thesis (what is the speaker talking about?), describe the conclusion


Upload synopsis 7-10-18 here


Session four: image analysis and synopsis continued


1) Recap and update


2) Image analysis

here is today's pad


3) Synopsis continued

4) Steve Tutorials (part one)

Sign here:


15:00 -

15:30 -

16:00 -

Session five

Comparative criticism

Building on from the last session (in which you wrote a synopsis).

It takes two elements to make an essay.


Take two synopses you have made

Compare the thesis and conclusion of each.

Establish your own position in relation to them.

1) 10:00 meet and make a plan for the day (write second synopsis, make comparison)

2) write (Steve will talk to individual about your plan)

3) 16:20 publish draft on wiki

4) 16:30 come together as group and discuss outcome


Session Six

Steve tutorials (part two)

Session six

Comparative criticism

Building on from the last session (in which you wrote a synopsis).

Session Seven: Exercises in style

Log Line (one sentence outline)

First = make a draft longline and synopsis (1 hour)

Meet at 11:35 discuss options.

Synopsis 1

Synopsis 2 (with added jeopardy)



14:00 Upload texts written in AM session

Continue with exercises in style and work on unfinished business from last trimester

Methods Lens-Based 2018-19

Methods Lens-Based 2017-18