Methods wiki 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


Simple Wiki Style Sheet:

Titles and works = italics

Essays = Title in Caps

Notation = Harvard System (writer, page number) = (Smith, 26)

URL = make link

Guide to Essay Writing

A Guide to Essay Writing

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.

Key texts that will inform this course

XPUB Reader



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?

7 June

session postponed

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

23 May

Groups of three

Text on Method - review

Media object - progress so far

9 May Reviewing Draft Text on Method

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.

Giulia's 2nd Draft: [Draft Text on Method]

Max Draft : Text on Method

19 April - Draft text on Method

see above for latest versions

Text on Method

1) The Question

2) The Type Up

Upload texts: (wiki page or pad)

Part two

3) Annotating The Question [in groups of two]

4) The Review



Essay One

please make link to essay below

Essay Two

please make link to essay below

Measurement Of Time - Essay Draft
Time Perception in Dance - Final Essay

8-10 March: 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:

Sign up for studio visits here:

groups tutorials in numbers of three

10:00 Giulia & Franc

10:45 Giulia & Franc


12:15 Max & Nadine

13:00 LUNCH

14:00 fine art

14:45 fine art

15:30 Emily & Pleun

16:15: fine art

Practical details


10:00 Wednesday: Introduction to workshop

Wednesday PM: Studio Visits with Stuart

Friday AM: Studio Visits with Stuart

Friday PM: Group review work done

What you need to do

1) Please attend the introductory seminar (10:00 Wed)

2) Please sign up to discuss your object and text with Stuart (you can do this in groups of 2 or 3 if you wish)

Sign below

3) Please attend the session on friday afternoon in which we review what you have all done

Meet in Small Project Space at 14:00 Friday 10 March for review of work done

Outcome Serving Library: Make page for 300 words of text and an image of the object you chose below. Deadline 12:00 Friday

File:Max-ausImm-ServingLibrary.pdf Giulia & Franc

22 February


14:00 - 14:15: Review progress


14:15- 16:00: Give annotated feedback on your colleague's draft


16:00- 17:00: Take back annotation and review your colleague's comments. Make plan to finish essay

Alongside this Steve will give 30 minute individual tutorials in the office

Sign up here:

14:15-14:45 : MAX

14:45 -15:15 GIULIA

15:15 -15:45


17:00 Meet in Large project space to review progress and set aims for next session


First draft: 22 February

Deadline: March 2

8 February

From 14:00 meet in research groups to

a) review progress of essay

b) review relevant texts together, read drafts and notes, give constructive comment

c) set achievable aims for the next session

Group A: Large project space

Group B: Studio

25 January 2017

15:00 meet in lrg Proj Spc

Steve gives intro:

15:15 we make notes and briefly research possible subject for the second essay

15:30 meet in groups

Group A: large project space

Group B: Studio


What do you want to research this trimester?

Researching the second essay


1) Look at the conclusion of the last essay and consider the research strands it suggests.

2) Formulate a question arising from the group work you did last trimester

3) Consider new questions that arise at the start of this trimester

4) consider the core questions at the centre of you self-directed research

5) Follow leads suggested by your bibliography

6) Use previous methods (see below)

7 ) Explore Jstor

Steve's notes on what the x-pubers are doing this trimester, serves as an example:

"New project: collaboration with DePlayer the theme: the relation between scores and sound. Michael, Aymeric, a graphic designer, Andre. Still speculative: DePlayer have a publication in which sound artists make works and have invited contributions for the next issue. They have been showing their record library; Michael has been showing how to produce sounds from scripts; Andre ahs been taking us through various technical devices. In the next session we will be looking into graphical scores – probably start with John Cage. We will also be making a publication with Florian. It will be about experimental publishing. We decided to write a manifesto which can be amended by other students.

Steve: What is stake in writing a manifesto?

One opinion from the group: 'A manifesto classifies = it is self classifying, you may see the hypocrisies and contradictions in your thinking, you are making a stand which places you in a position which others may oppose.'

Another opinion from the group: 'The manifesto is a tool to experiment and understand what we are doing. Part of the topic we have to explore: which political structures communicate to other people; the manifesto is a declaration of intent, the process should allow for reflection on the course. An action which shows an ideology. What do we agree on? We start with a question'."

Steve's notes end here


First draft: 22 February

Deadline: March 2

Task: Before the next session'"

(a) read and research.

(b) organize another session together in which you discuss the research you have done in the meantime.

(c) Set realistic aims for the next methods session.

(d) Set agenda for next session:

research group one's pad:

research two, Group Emily, Max and Giulia's pad

30 November - upload final version of essay here

Noémie Vidé
Karina Dukalska - Time Perspectives and Cultural Diversity
Franc González - Cybernetic Nature
Giulia de Giovanelli - [2]
Clàudia Giralt Monedero - Reflections on glitch
Emily Buzzo - Wonkr, Douglas Coupland's app for the future.

23 November- upload latest version of essay here

Steve will give written feedback


Todays task

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

This is the guideline from the last session:

Describe, in your own words, what the text (s) you are reading are about.

Why this text is of interest to you?

What is its relation to your self directed research?

How can you turn the questions these texts raise into work?

Make link to your drafts here >

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?

At 16:30 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, please make a link from the methods page to those texts: 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

Please make page for your own RW&RM entries on your "student" page

Here is an example of good practice:


Main session:

Today's theme: orality and literacy

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

AKA what is it about?:

Steve will read or show a series of texts. Your task is to identify and articulate the argument at the heart of the text.




14-Sept-Introducing Steve

I started working like this because of this:

the last example of collaborative, discursive approach to research is this series of videos I did with Thomson & Craighead

What is RW&RM?

Today's Task

300 word description of your work

100 words = what?


100= why?

last years trail (2016-17)