Reading, Writing & Research Methodologies 2013/2014

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Trimester 2: 2013-14

Intro:

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.

A Guide to Essay Writing


2-7-14

Final presentation

morning:

review

what will be happening next year?


afternoon: editorial meetings with Steve


general notes for the end of this year and next year

1) Communication - Think of the reader. It is not safe to assume they have knowledge of what you are writing about. Even if they do have knowledge this needs to be contextualized. Generally people appreciate clarity.

2) Description - Remember to describe the texts you are citing (synopsis of relevant arguments) and the things you are discussing (your own work, the work of others).

3) Citation - give appropriate acknowledgment of the text/work you are citing. Do not leave it to the end of the process to place citations, as your texts grow more complext and longer this becomes a tedious task so give citations as you go. Use the Harvard method.

4) Notation - always take notes and log your sources. The alphabet code is an excellent memory storage system - use it.

5) Identify and eliminate bad habits as you go - this saves time. Examples: its/it's / i/I

6) Bibliography

n) stop wiki sloppiness - this is the page through which we communicate so always make a link to the latest version on this page

Ana Luisa - Method, Ideology

Lídia - Essay on Method, Reading Ideology

Chen - Text on Method

Mihail - Essay_method

Lucia - Reading Ideology, Essay on Method

MAX - Max Method

Nikos - Ideology: http://pzwart3.wdka.hro.nl/wiki/Thereisamajorproblemideology, Methods:http://pzwart3.wdka.hro.nl/wiki/Essaymethodthereisamajorprobleminaustralia

26-6-14

Essay on method make and edit digital version

Upload first draft of text on method here:

Max methods draft1

19-6-14

1) review and upload interviews


2) cut and paste session

3) digital version

Luisa

Nikos interview

Lídia
Max interview

Chen

Mihail

Lucia

22-5-14

Essay on method = part two

8-5-14

Deadline:


[edit] Reading Ideology in The Act of Killing and Enjoy Poverty

artyom

Ideology and the Exercise of Engagement (Ana Luisa)

Mihail

Implicit rules of re-enactment (Max D)

Reading Ideology in The Act of Killing and Enjoy Poverty (Lucia)

[| Elleke]

Lídia

Chen

[| Fluffy Dunlop]


Agenda:

1- review Reading Ideology in The Act of Killing and Enjoy Poverty

2- Essay on method = part one


Brief for 1500 word methods text. The aim of this assignment is to use description of your work as a way of identifying and articulating your method. Describing first what and then how and why you make work often leads to discussions of the works context (what work is similar to the work you describe; what are the key ideas the work deals with). The theoretical elements of the texts you write should therefore emerge from, and have a very clear connection with, the work you are making.

material:

descriptions of work from 1st trimester

descriptions of recent work

transcript of interview

(In which we direct our answers to a general audience for a public show. Begin with what? How? and Why? Ask what would you like the audience to come away with)

essays and notes from trimester 1&2


Later we will use the above material to compile a text on method



First draft: May

Final draft: June (review in groups)

16-4-14

First draft: Reading Ideology in The Act of Killing and Enjoy Poverty Reading groups - group feedback

DRAFTS= DRAFT NIKOS http://pzwart3.wdka.hro.nl/wiki//IdeologyZizeketc

Chen

Draft Lídia

Mihail Draft Essay

max Re-enactment & The Symbolic

Elleke Draft Essay

Cataneo Draft

Lucia - Draft

Ana Luísa - Draft/Essay

7-4-14

Tutorials on drafts for: Reading Ideology in The Act of Killing and Enjoy Poverty

http://pzwart3.wdka.hro.nl/wiki/Calendars:Networked_Media_Calendar/Networked_Media_Calendar/07-04-2014_-Event_2

26-3-14

Reading Ideology in The Act of Killing and Enjoy Poverty

Intro to key contextualising texts:

http://www.chadmccail.co.uk/snake/snake.html

The Ruling Class and the Ruling ideas, Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1845/german-ideology/ch01b.htm#b3

(i) History of the Subaltern Classes; (ii) The Concept of 'Ideology'; (iii) Cultural Themes: Ideological Material, Antonio Gramsci

Reading & Writing:

Question: How can Zizek’s understanding of ideology, as presented in The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, be applied to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing and Renzo Martens’ Episode 3: Enjoy Poverty ?

1500 words https://piratenpad.de/p/igdVB32Rjz

Your text can be supported with these texts:

Interview with Renzo Martens

http://thepolitic.org/an-interview-with-yale-world-fellow-renzo-martens/

http://vimeo.com/30477574

(8 minutes into video)

Transcript of Pervert's Guide to Ideology (thanks Henk Jelle):

http://press.siff.net/SIFF_2013/2013%20Films/Features/T/The%20Pervert%27s%20Guide%20to%20Ideology/ThePervertsGuideToIdeology_DialogueList.pdf

On The Act of Killing

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/sep/14/act-of-killing-review

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-joshua-oppenheimer-act-of-killing-20140218,0,6446847.story

http://www.insideindonesia.org/current-edition/an-interview-with-joshua-oppenheimer

Zizek on charity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpAMbpQ8J7g

Key writers on ideology

Marx (the ruling class and ruling ideas = base and superstructure)

Gramsci (hegemony)

Adorno (culture industry)

Althusser (ideological state apparatus)

Viewing:

More from Zizek in Pervert's Guide to Ideology;

The Act of Killing part two


Steve's notes from last time:

enjoy poverty

Marten's thesis: poverty is a resource that should be exploited

poverty is produced to be sold

is this Zizek's cynical reason?

the act of killing:

ideology: big other

better economy

security

gangster's are 'free men'

'born free'

outside the system (state of exception)

god has secrets

'I win, so I can decide'

11-3-14

In this seminar we are following the themes of what is real? what is symbolic? and what is imaginary?

Today we will be watching extracts from 'the perverts guide to ideology', the 2012 British documentary film directed by Sophie Fiennes and written and presented by Slovene philosopher Slajvo Zizek, and 'Enjoy poverty', the 2008 documentary by Renzo Martins and The Act of Killing, 2012, Joshua Oppenheimer.

Using Pirate Pad we will WORK TOGETHER on a text, making notes on both films. We will try to answer the following questions:

What is Zizek's thesis?

In what way can Zizek's analysis be applied to Renzo Martens' film?

https://piratenpad.de/p/igdVB32Rjz

GENERAL FORMAT:

In the mornings we will look at films and artworks, conduct discussions, listen to lectures and give presentations. The theme for the morning sessions for second trimester will be: What is real? What is symbolic? What is imaginary? The afternoon will be set aside for writing. These sessions will take the form of group work and individual tutorials and we will also allow time for you to work alone on the writing assignments I’ll be giving you.


15-1-2014

Housekeeping


Today we will

1 - tidy up our individual work on this page, finding a place and format for the texts we have written, aspiring to the kind of page we see below:

prime example

Tamas

Lídia

Ana Luisa

Max Dovey

Lucia


2- add finishing touches to your texts

3- preview the issues that we will cover this trimester


Please upload your essays below:

It is very importent that we continue the practice of making notes of the things we read. Using the method adopted for the last session – of making a few lines of notes at the base of each page and then typing them up – continue to make annotations of the various texts we have been reading together. Feel free to visit the office and borrow what you need, brows, and spend a little time finding what interests you.

nikos:Online/networked identity DRAFT

Tamas

Elleke

Lucia

Lídia

[| Mihail]

artyom


29-1-2014

FULL DAY SEMINARS START TODAY

FORMAT:

In the mornings we will look at films and artworks, conduct discussions, listen to lectures and give presentations. The theme for the morning sessions for second trimester will be: What is real? What is symbolic? What is imaginary?

The afternoon will be set aside for writing. These sessions will take the form of group work and individual tutorials and we will also allow time for you to work alone on the writing assignments I’ll be giving you.

Please upload your essays ahead of our last half-day seminar next week (15-1-14) onto the wiki.

Trimester 1: 2013-14

Plan for November

It is very importent that we continue the practice of making notes of the things we read. Using the method adopted for the last session – of making a few lines of notes at the base of each page and then typing them up – continue to make annotations of the various texts we have been reading together. Feel free to visit the office and borrow what you need, brows, and spend a little time finding what interests you.

We will next come together as a group on the 20-11-13, so here is an outline of what will be happening over the next three weeks.

27-11-13

To recap. The brief for the essay assignment is.

1) Make a synopsis of two texts we have been looking at in the class

2) Compare the two arguments

(One might conclude, for instance that: 'A and B agree on X but disagree on Y ')

As in the manner of the first exercises we did, please try to give a clear interpretation of each writer's position.

1500 words. Draft deadline 4th December -- final deadline 15th January (1st lesson after the break)

This week we review progress.


Ana Luisa

Lucia - Observations on Being a User

Elleke

Max The performing Subject 1sdraft

nikos:Online/networked identity DRAFT


Interesting links to past debate on what we have been discussing this trimester:

http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/03/start/from-the-editor http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/03/features/sharing-is-a-trap http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/03/features/zuckerbergs-next-move http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/03/features/get-over-it http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/06/ideas-bank/society-isnt-a-startup http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/nov/25/generation-why/

20-11-13

Review the texts you have annotated with a view to writing an essay in which your opinion is expressed (your thesis). Steve will also arrange personal tutorials to those he couldn't see on the 6-11-13

UPLOAD TEXTS HERE:

Elleke

max

Lucia - Empire Chapter 1.2

Ana Luisa

Nikos

Mihail

Lídia

Chen

13-11-13

We attend the Mapping Free Culture Workshop. Please take notes on this, because many of the issues Eleanor and Dave are working on are directly related to the issues we have been covering in the seminar. Also make notes specifically on their methods.

6-11-13

Steve will see you for individual tutorials. Sign here:

http://pzwart3.wdka.hro.nl/wiki/Calendars:Networked_Media_Calendar/Networked_Media_Calendar/06-11-2013_-Event_1


30-10-13

Over the past few weeks we have articulated the distinction between disciplinary societies and control societies. Key points: control societies are governed by pattern and code, and regulated by images and algorithms. This is opposed to disciplinary societies, which are governed by meaning and sense and regulated by precepts (see A. Galloway’s ‘protocol’ and G. Deleuze’s ‘postscript on the societies of control’)


Recognition of these systems (control and discipline) allows us to understand contemporary media as a mode of (self) governance and opens up a number of avenues of enquiry. I will mention four here:

1) Databases and protocols as control mechanisms

2) Digital labor (immaterial labour)

3) Digital mediation providing new ‘technologies of self’

4) Participatory surveillance


Over the next few weeks we will study a series of texts that explore these avenues

Sample texts (you may have chosen a different text on Wednesday, which is fine ):

Tiziana Terranova: ‘free labor’ (from ‘digital labor, the internet as playground and factory’, ed Trebor Scholz, 2013)

Ayhan Aytes: ‘return of the crowds, mechanical Turk & neoliberal states of exception’ (from ‘digital labor, the internet as playground and factory’, ed. Trebor Scholz, 2013)

Geert Lovink: ‘Facebook, anonymity and the crisis of the multiple self’ and ‘ society of the query: googlization of our lives’ (from ‘networks without a cause’, 2011)

A. Galloway: Protocol, Introduction (2004)

A. Galloway: The Interface Effect, one chapter from the book (2012)

Douglas Rushkoff: Programme or be Programmed (2012)


Assignment for this session: make synopsis of one of the above texts and load it onto the wiki (use the method where you write the key points at the bottom of each page and then edit them together in an elagent fashion). In the next session we will come together and discuss the resource we have created (a collection of texts discussing our key issues from different perspectives.)

Luisa

Nikos

MAX

Elleke

Tamas

Lídia

Lucia

16-10-13

'Every society has its diagrams' - G. Deleuze

Background for this week's seminar. How the idea of the control society can help us understand today's mediascape

Extract: 'how little we know of our neighbours', Rebecca Baron, 2005

Text: A. Galloway, 'protocol' introduction:


Digital Human - Urban: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03cf03g

Digital Human - Cyborg:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nphp7

Text: Brian Holmes' Future Map: http://www.mara-stream.org/think-tank/brian-holmes-future-map/

9-10-13

Background for this week's seminar:

Foucault and governmentality, 24 and the economy of the body:

santiago siera

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=naoYNgnDUl8&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DnaoYNgnDUl8


http://24.wikia.com/wiki/Interrogation Clips for 24, season three

Clips from Harum Faroki 'The Creators of Shopping Worlds' and 'Immersion'

Clip from Amie Siegel, 'DDR/DDR'

Text: Brian Holmes' Future Map:

http://www.mara-stream.org/think-tank/brian-holmes-future-map/

Analysis: Edward Snowden: Leaker, Saviour, Traitor, Spy?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c30cr



Your text for this week: You can pick up the Foucault, Deleuze and Lazzarato text from the office (on USB stick)

Assignment for this week (9-10-13):

1) Make a draft report on my lecture about the difference between discipline & control societies (as a group or individually)

2) Use parts of the texts by Foucault, Deleuze and Lazzarato to substantiate the position I take :-)

3) For references use Harvard System (see note below):

1000 words maximum.

Please upload below. Deadline 8-10-13

link here

Max

Lídia, Tamas, Chen

Elleke Hageman~

Luisa Moura

Lucia Dossin

artyom

Nikos

The Harvard System of referencing

The Harvard System of referencing works within the text itself and not in footnotes or endnotes. Whenever you quote, or refer to someone’s words (directly or indirectly), or use someone’s argument, or refer to a source, you should use the system described below. Whenever you quote you write the surname and the date of publication in brackets. When you quote directly, you should also add the page number:

In studying the anatomy of brains of early man, some 19th century anthropologists came to a conclusion which one writer reminds us was ‘at the time considered highly provocative but which is now obvious to every anthropologist’ (Wendt, 1974, p.12). If the name of the writer is part of the sentence itself, put the date in brackets after the name: Wendt (1974, p.12) reminds us that the conclusions of some 19th century anthropologists were ‘at the time considered very provocative’. The same applies when you are not quoting directly: Wendt (1974) reminds us that the conclusions of some 19th century anthropologists were considered very provocative when they were published.

Sometimes, you find a useful quotation from one author in a book by another. In such cases, reference like this: Johnson sweeps aside this argument: ‘His expressed view of the world has more style in it than sense – or evidence’ (quoted in Mason, 1990, p.44). In this case, you are quoting Johnson from a book which you have not read and which you therefore cannot quote directly. So the reference is to Mason’s book, which you have read.

You will sometimes need to refer to more than one book or article by the same author, each published in the same year. In this case, put a letter after the date to show which of the publications is referred to in this instance: Peterson (1989b, p.45) was risking the wrath of her profession by suggesting that ‘there is more to be gained by restraint than by rushing headlong into open debate’.

for more handy essay guidance, see:

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

2-10-13

Agenda for today's seminar:

1) a) revise the notes you took last week and edit text in groups to give an accurate account of what was covered last week, b) Josh Harris' continued adventures in We Live in Public.


2) a) look at the term 'governmentality' : b) view examples of 'governing at a distance' in the media, c) make and review notes

18-9-13

Your assignment for this week is to upload a text onto the wiki on Tuesday 17 Sept (ahead of next weeks seminar). Please write a 300 word text (maximum) describing three of your works / projects. Remember NOT to write about why or how, simply describe WHAT it is. This week we will review your texts in small groups.


PS: Please make notes of the Fuller - Harwood lecture on Thursday (following Annet's tour).

25-9-13

Please upload a direct link to your texts here

Lídia Pereira

Caetano

Lucia Dossin

Tamas Bates

Nikos

Mihail

MAX

Luisa Moura

Elleke

Chen Junyu

artyom

Outcome of the seminar (trimester three)

The specific outcome for the RW&RM seminar of 2013-14 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.

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.


Brief for 1500 word methods text. The aim of this assignment is to use description of your work as a way of identifying and articulating your method. Describing first what and then how and why you make work often leads to discussions of the works context (what work is similar to the work you describe; what are the key ideas the work deals with). The theoretical elements of the texts you write should therefore emerge from, and have a very clear connection with, the work you are making. For this experiment I am asking you to follow the method outlined above so that you can begin to reflect and write quite deeply about the work you are making. A second method you will find useful is to draw on annotations of texts you have read which have a particular relation to the work you make.


First draft: early May (review in groups)

Final draft: late May (review in groups)