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WhoWhatWhy # 1

week one 71 Oct


past pages methods

Eo Jess Adam Nicholas Dan T Tor Erika Angelica Ash's WhatHowWhy

Oct 29

Exquisite corpse 29-10-15:

Monumental tooth

licking fluffy milkshake

and tacky tears

Icy black hole

Whistles pink monument

Swirly shark

Whipped the sticky sunset

And keys of well being

Pock-marked cock

Drinking juicy molecule

And Rushton’s Steve

Mortified star

Painted chalky roads and sad sex

Ungrateful speaker yells

Weeping many chairs

Flea-bitten shoe twisting gravel

Gleaming Australian accent

Explicit sock folding softly and vegan omelette

Sweet computer set

Flowery gravel

and my lovers


follow twinkle cold and colourful trap

Depressed toothpicks descend

Soft shyness

Laundry line

Frequent bell


Pleasingly bumblebee and axolotl

29-10-15 = Random questions to works of art

upload questions and to, and answers from, your work here


Dan T questions

Ash's Questions

Viktor T questions

Anni Q&A

Adam Q&A

Tor - question to thing in box

Jess - Tell me about your dance/ the trouble I had

Eo Question

A list of all the questions

29-10-15 = What am I doing and what do I want?

outline project

What am I doing and what do I want?





Uncreative writing


Writing machines




Material Metaphors (from Hayles'Wriiting Machines)

Ong now and then

Method: note taking

Late AM and afternoon: writing machines



Ash's writing machine

Viktor's pseudo gothic title generator

Jess's writing machine

Anni's writing machine

Erika's script

Dan T's writing machine

Outcome of the machines here:


Work in context

We will write notes together on this pad:


At the N C.A.C

10:00 = Steve outlines the project=

What is the N C.A.C and what are we doing there? The curator's brief

11:00 = into groups of two

11:00 = prepare interview 1

11:10 = conduct interview 1 (20 minutes max)

11:20 = prepare interview 2

11:30 = conduct interview 2 (20 minutes max)

12:00= transcribe your interview


14:00 = edit your partner's text


Interview with Erika

Interview with Viktor

Interview with Nicholas by Tor

Dan interviewed by Ash

Dan interviews Ash

Aggressively Fun Connie meets Angelica

Tor interviewed by Nicholas

Eo interviewed by Anni

Anni interviewed by Eo

Connie interviewed by Angelica

16:00 review in group


10:15 Discuss the difference between a passive and active voice.


active vs. passive


Reading: Politics and the English Language (1948) by George Orwell.

In context Orwell vs. modernism: 1984, BASIC English and Otto Neurath

Politics and the English Language is an old text, but today we will use Orwell as a writing machine

Orwell writes:

" A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:

1. What am I trying to say?

2. What words will express it?

3. What image or idiom will make it clearer?

4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

And he will probably ask himself two more:

1. Could I put it more shortly?

2. Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?" (p.3)

Orwell later proposes the following rules:

"1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous." (p.5)

From 11:00


(a) edit the text you wrote last week using the active voice.

(b) apply Orwell's constraints to the interview text you made during the last session (you can also apply to other texts, of course). Keep both versions for comparison.

(c) option: you can choose to swap texts.

Angelicas new draft

Ash interviews Dan Orwellised

Connie interviewed by Angelica

Anni interviews Eo

Erika interviews Viktor

Erika interviewed by Viktor

3 March

Today we will bring together a number of the methods we've been playing with.

The aim of the RW&RM is to write a 1500 text on method, this will be part of your self-evaluation seminar later in the year. key elements of this texts will be description of work and discussion of motivation.With each session you have been gathering material which can be used as a resource. Today we will revisit two methods we have previously used in order to update the descriptions and analysis of current and recent work..

a.) 10:00-11:30 description of (most recent) work: what,

how and

why? (150 words)

If you are up to date with this (you may have a description of recent work in the interview you made in the last session)

b.) 11:30-12:30

Current work

1 What are you working on now?

2 What are you thinking of making?

3 How do you plan to make it?

4 Why do you want to make it?

5 Relation to previous practice

5 Relation to a larger context

6 References

Lunch 13:00-14:00


c) This afternoon run the above text through the 'orwell editing filter':

"1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous."

Orwell, politics and the English Language 1948 (p.5)

15:30- 16:30


Eo 1st draft Dan 1st draft Viktor 1st draft Nicholas 1st draft Erika 1st draft

Get someone else to edit your text (cut and paste a version for them to work into, make comments &c.)


Meet as group to recap

ALSO - Steve note: I have been working on individual texts with some of you. Today I would like to work together with you on a text of your choosing (or maybe in groups of two, if you would find that more useful.) The aim is to read and reflect on your text, praise the positive elements and suggest changes.

I have recently worked with about half of you and have yet to see:





Let's allow for three one hour sessions between 11:00 and 16:00


Remember these editing tips (including “Sarah Tripp's top tips” - please add your own useful tips):

identify the reader;

use active mode of address;

make three drafts with a specific outcome for each draft (these may correspond to text editing, copy editing and proof reading stages);

print each draft out;

read aloud (this helps with punctuation);

get second reader to give feedback on second and final draft

This isn't the only way to write and edit, but try it at least once and see what works for you.

In the next session we will gather the material together to work on a first draft on the text on method.

March 17

Print out everything you have written for this seminar and physically cut and paste a 'very rough draft' of a text on method.

You can use this outline as a guide:

Outline for the text (this is a guide rather than a prescription)

General note on mode of address. Write as if to someone not familiar with your work.


Abstract: what is this document? what do you want the reader to get from this text? (50-100 words

Introduction: Give outline of the text and make the points you want to get across clear.

Current Practice (resource: here you can use the descriptions made in the last session)

Relation to previous practice

How does your current work connect to previous projects you have done? (resource: here you can use the descriptions made in the first sessions)

Relation to a larger context

Outline practices or ideas that go beyond the scope of your personal work. Write briefly about other projects or theoretical material which share an affinity with your project. It is simply about showing an awareness of a broader context, which you will later build upon in your project proposal and writing component in the second year (you may have covered some of this in your interview)

Research strands

Consider the possibilities open to you and where you would take your work in the near future.

General note= consider the role of images and links to video (if you want your proposal to take the form of a wiki/web page)

Examples of Text on Method from last year:

Tracy's Text

Niels final draft

Mitchell Text

and from the previous year:

V V V V Vasiliki

Hunter Hunter



Reading and editing sessions with Steve. Individual or groups of two

As with the last session, I can talk to you about any texts you are working (including you draft methods text)

Please add names

11:00 Nicholas (last time I talked about doing an interview with you.)

12:00 Dan

Erika if there is time for me


Eo 1st draft messy but there is a potential

Angelicas 1st draft as images, bought paintings and notes

dan snatches phrases towards a method statement

Erika's draft

Connie's Draft

31 March

Individual tutorials with Steve

Aim for this session to =1st draft

Dan method draft Eo method 2nd draft

RW&RM timetable to assessments

Here is a recap of what is ahead:

15 April: upload draft to wiki, or send word file to Steve, who will give detailed feedback.

21 April: meet in groups of three and four for an hour and a half to give feedback on each other's (close to) final drafts.

Method. Writer: listen to feedback without comment and makes changes in light of what the reader understood. Readers: read your peers' texts thoroughly before the meeting.

Make groups and set times here:

Steve will oversee proceedings for those sessions

10 May Deadline: 1st Year upload final version of text on method, ahead of Y1 assessments

17-18 May: Y1 Integrated Assessment Self-Evaluation



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