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==Session Sixteen 22 June: messy writing task (date TBC)==
==Session Sixteen 22 June: messy writing task (date TBC)==

==Session Fifteen 16 June: fable-writing w/shop==
==Session Fifteen 16 June: fable-writing w/shop (Date TBC)==

==Session Fourteen - 31 May==
==Session Fourteen - 31 May==

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Reading, Writing, and Research Methodologies 2016-17

Led by Steve Rushton (trimester 1&2) and Steve Rushton & Kate Briggs (trimester 3)

Handbook description: "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."


The seminar over the two trimesters 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.

Outcome: Text on Method

The specific outcome for the RW&RM seminar of 2016-2017 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 the other elements of the course (Self-directed Research, Issues in Art & Theory, Practice-Group Critiques &c.). 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.

Here are the Text on Method guidelines; and here is the link to previous texts on method: '''FINAL VERSIONS''' deadline 6th May

Wiki Basic style sheet

Titles and works = italics

Essays = Title in Caps

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

URL = make link

Some tips on normative writing

Essay guide

general tips

Active / passive mode of address Orwell's Politics and the English Language &c.


other method exercises (Please add)

One day collaboration

Filter same information through different forms: report - review - interview

Session Sixteen 22 June: messy writing task (date TBC)

Session Fifteen 16 June: fable-writing w/shop (Date TBC)

Session Fourteen - 31 May

With Kate, Steve and Y2

Reading with Y2.

A session in which we get together with the second years to read and discuss the writing component (thesis) they produced this year. What they wrote, why they chose the form they did, and how they did it.

Session Thirteen - 4 May


Today you will make the finishing touches to your ToM.

Unfortunately Kate will not be able to make it (boo hoo!).


10:00 meet to set achievable aims for the day.

What needs to be done to finish the text?

How will you respond to points made in the feedback?

(Kate has sent feedback to some of you. I will send my feedback later today).

Throughout the day: Steve will be around to discuss your texts

16:00 Drinx! We will celebrate finishing the ToM with a little wine, beer or fruit juice.

Steve will meet the following people in your studios at these times:

Marta: 10:30

Anastasia: 11:00


Larisa: 11:45

Collette: 12:00


Sophie V.: 13:00


Timur: 14:00

Shraddha: 14:30

Alex: 15:00

Nick: 15:30


1 May - drafts for Steve & Kate to give feedback and comment

upload text on wiki (as word file or as wikipage)

sophie v's draft text on method

iezzi draft

Nick text on meth

Anne's TOM draft1

Johanna's TOM draft

Larisa's draft

Katharina's draft text on method

Victor's draft text on method


Sophie B

timur draft


Marta text on method

Collette's Draft

Anastasia's Draft

Session Twelve - 20 April

Kate is ill.

Getting to final draft stage, TEXT ON METHOD

Draft Texts on Method 2017

Bring your draft (or upload on wiki [above], or as word doc) to the small project space and Steve will read and give feedback.

Fifteen minute sessions.

Sign here

11:15 Shraddah

11:30 Timur

11:45 Sophie B

12:00 Katharina

12:15 Alex


12:45 Anastasia

13:00 = BREAK

14:00 Sophie V

14:15 George


14:45 Marta

15:00 sophie b

15:15 Nick

15:30 Larissa

15:45 johanna

16:00 collette

16:30 Meet in smll prj space

Session Eleven - 6 April = No Part of the Buffalo is Wasted

The printout, cutup & stick together

Please print everything you have written for this class

10:00 Cutting up and assembling text around a template

link to template

14:00: make a new document of your cutup

16:00:Meet in Sml Prj Space to review progress and plan ahead. Bring your long piece of paper.

Before next session; make new doc by cut and pasting edits you have made


Outcome Session Eleven

Draft Texts on Method 2017

Pics of cutups:

Session Ten– 23-March

The Question.

Because you have a heavy schedule this week I have decided to move the session: 'the annotation' to a later date. Instead we will work on a session called The Question.

Bring a pen and notepad.

10:00 = 1) The Question

11:30 = 2) The Type Up

14:00 = 3) Annotating The Question (what questions and comments does the text you have made generate for your reader?).

16:00 = 4) The Review



Session Nine- 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:

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

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

IEZZI Image & Object

Marta image & object

George: both image and object

Nick image and object

Timur image and object

Collette Image and object

Anne text

Shraddah Image and object

OUTCOME: Piet Zwart Bulletins (1)

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

Session Eight - 23-2-17

To prepare..

as a mental exercise...


you have a show in



come to see it!


This session will involve

interview, transcription of interview and editing of interview.

Here is today's pad:

And here is the program:


1) Boomerang. Nancy Holt & Richard Serra

2) Perfect, Perfect

3) Normal, Usual

Normalville Contemporary Art Centre for Contemporary Art

[Very clear notes from today's pad:]

Normalville Contemporary Arts Centre of Art (CACOA)

3 works will be installed in 1 of the 500sqft space.

What does the audience need to know about the work?

The audience live in Normalville but 90% of them are not from the art industry.

2 hour plan:

for 30 min ::::0) Prepare for the interview

for 30min :::: 1) You will be the curator and will ask questions to elicit responses from the artist (that will encourage the ppl from Normalville to visit the show?

for 30 min :::: 2) You will be the artist and will be interviewed by the curator on the show you are proposing, you will negotiate your position.

for as long as it takes ::::3) Transcribe the interview

for as long as it takes ::::4) discuss and edit interviews.

As artist: Plan the exhibition

As curator: Plan the questions you want to ask

For interview:

Talk NO MORE than 30 MINS -- or a focussed interview will become an 'interesting conversation'

Please don't talk "industry language"


Tate Shots: 5 minute artist interviews:

From 16:00

At 16:00 those who want to be part of the radio re-do meet in the small project space.

Steve will introduce the "orwell writing machine"

Orwell's Politics and the English Language

Upload interviews here

transcript Nick

Collette Transcript

Anne K interview

George tran

Alex trans

Johanna trans

Anastasia trans

Katharina tanscript

Larisa transcript

Victor transcript

Marta interview normaville

Outcome Session Eight


16:30: Review today's session

Session Seven - 9 - 2-17

Thinking together about reading

Today's outcome: a publication which survey's what we read, how we read it and why we read it.

10:00 Intro

'We are street readers [...] info junk dealers'

Reading: I Read Where I Am, Gerritzen & Lovink, eds.


brief discussion

Intro to survey with Steve as test subject


In pairs:

Player 1 types notes (half hour max)

Player 2 answers survey

Player 2 types notes (half hour max)

Player 1 answers survey


Please talk to your note taker about your relationship with reading, please include discussion of the following

what you read:


Magazines and journals

Currently reading

Do you take notes? if yes, how?

Could you talk generally about your reading history and reading habits?

14:00: Editorial team meets

16:00 review outcome

OUTCOME 1 Session Seven- IN PAIRS



Editorial team work on texts made in pairs and synthesises them and uploads it here



Session Six 26-1-17. Writing Machines

This is the task for this session

Set yourself a writing assignment, design a writing machine.

Use the methods employed so far, or design your own methods, to develop a procedure (constraints) for writing (AKA a writing machine) You can use the methods we have experimented with = (for instance Task4; WHW; think of your subject from the point of view of ecology, machine, discourse; swap interviewee-interviewer roles...

Your subject: the piece you are working on now, the piece you have just finished or the piece you are about to make.

Word count 1500 words max

If last time you didn't get a chance to speak to Steve about what you want to achieve with writing over the next two years, sign up here and we will do it today:

Timetable for this session:

10:00 Steve's intro

11:00-(1) make plan

12:00 (2) execute plan

15:00 upload outcome of today's session here:

Outcome Session Six

outcome 26 Jan



Please also find time today to edit and upload Steve's notes on what you want to do with writing whilst at Piet Zwart:

Steve's notes on what I want to do with writing

If you missed the slots today, try:

15:05 regroup to discuss todays outcome.


Meet outside: KINO - Gouvernestraat 129 -133

As part of the film festival a number of video installations open this evening

From Google translate:

" Traditionally IFFR looking for the cross-pollination between film and visual art, and there are also outside the cinema plenty of activities, performances, objects and admire installations. We invite you therefore like from the official opening of all exhibitions within the framework of the IFFR 2017 program on Thursday, January 26, from 16:00

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in KINO - Gouvernestraat 129 -133 installations HEIS (on the wall) - ORAL HISTORY - AZADAAR

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Studio (former CBK) - New Shortcuts 75 The exhibition NUTS & BOLTS; with speech by Bero Beyer at 17:30

19:00 to 20:00 in V2_ - Eendrachtsstraat 10 installations ROBOT BODIES and TESTAMENT OF HOPE AND FAILURE

20:30 to 21:30 in the Czech Centre - Westersingel 9 the exhibition Jan Němec and the Czechoslovak New Wave - Movie Posters The complete overview of all the art projects at the festival can be found at

Nuts & Bolts was realized with the collaboration of the Mondriaan Fund"

Google translate ends

Session 8 december

10:00 Steve gives intro to: 'why the hammer can only think nail'.

A field exercise in which:

The subject is

1) an ecology

2) a machine

3) a discourse

11:00 - we go into the field, observe the subject and take notes.


Group performance of our notes in three acts

1) an ecology

2) a machine

3) a discourse

This session's outcome: a recording of the above archived on the wiki.





Session 24 Nov. What kind of writing practice do you want to build?

This session’s agenda

10:00 : Kate Briggs

will extend an invitation for you to become involved in the February Writing Event on the 14 of February 2017. The first of these events took place last year. Students gave readings of texts they were working on and we invited some professional writers to come along and talk with the students individually about the role of writing in their studio practice. Kate will outline the project and discuss with you how you might participate.


Continue from the last session:



Meetings with Steve:

Aim: to talk about your ambitions over the next two years, specifically related to writing. What kind of writing practice do you want to build? Agenda: please consider these points of discussion beforehand:

1) What role does writing currently play in your practice?

2) What role would you like writing to take in your practice over the next two years?

3) What you read and how you read it – what you write and how you write it (from tweets to shopping lists)

4) Throughout, Steve will take minutes and hand them to you for your own use at the end of the session.

Sign up here:

16:15 Upload texts below:

16:30 Meet in Project space to recap the day’s activities

Outcome of Session Four - 24 Nov


Session Three 10 Nov

10:00- 11:00

Meet in project space for update with Steve

Feedback from readers (continued from last session)

In groups of 2

(1) give feedback on the second draft of the What? How? Why? texts.

(2) Make edits to your text and upload changes

Session: weaving research strands, making collective notes

Task three


Select three things

1) a piece of media (YouTube clip, film, TV show)

2) a text you are reading which has a useful relation to your work

3) a work of art (by another) which delights or infuriates you

Make a link to media, text &c (where possible) here:

Bring a lap top

( When we discuss the texts you choose, Steve will outline handy note taking technique)

Outcome of Session Three

Please upload your wiki content on a new page here

Three things Nick

three things alex

three things Timur

Three things SOphie

Three things Sophie V

Three things Anne

Three things Collette

Three things Larisa

Three things Anastasia

Three things Katharina

Three things Victor S

Three things George

Three things Marta

Three things Johanna

Session Two 27 Oct

Task Two:

10:00 Intro

10:00 - 12:00

Describe three of your works

for each work describe

What (100 words max)

How (100 words max)

Why (100 words max)

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


Outcome of Session Two

Nick's WWH

Sophie B'sWWH

alexander's what? how why

George's W,W,H

Marta's WWH

Sophie V.s WWH

TimUr's WWH

Johanna's WWH

Shraddha's WWH

George WWH

Victor WWH

Larisa WWH

Katharina's W?W?H?

Collette's WWH


Anastasia WWH

12:15 - 13:00

In groups of 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?)

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 and making notes

15:00 Make changes to your text

Keep original draft

17:00 Meet in large group to review and to wind up

Steve will introduce next session.

17:30 FINISH

Session One: 13 Oct

10:00: Introduction to RW&RM by Steve Rushton

(a) What happens in the seminar?

(b) How does this fit in with the other aspects of the program?

(c) How does the the seminar feed into the course over two years?

For every session there is a different task, which employs a different writing method. I will set no assignments outside of the class, but you must commit to trying the methods I suggest for at least the day of the seminar. Over the three trimesters you will accumulate a collection of texts and approaches to writing which serve as a resource as you go into the second year.

10:30: Steve will outline the task for this session:

11:00 We will catch the 21 or 24 tram to the

Stedelijk Museum Schiedam



2) an OV CHIP CARD with a few Euro on it



Exhibition: The Volkskrant Art Prize 2016-17: Alexis Blake*, Jan Hoek, Anouk Kruithof, Jay Tan* and Evelyn Taocheng Wang


Ten Years of the Volkskrant Art Prize A group show of recent work by past winners Nathalie Bruys (2006) | Guido van der Werve (2007) | Eylem Aladogan (2009) | Navid Nuur* (2010) | Ahmet Ögüt (2011) | Tala Madani (2012) | Femmy Otten (2013) | Floris Kaayk (2014) | Bram De Jonghe (2015) And public's favourites: Sharon Houkema (2010) | Nik Christensen (2011) | Sarah van Sonsbeeck (2012) | Zoro Feigl (2013) | Floris Kaayk (2014) | Levi van Veluw (2015)

(*Piet Zwart alumni / alumna)

16:00: Meet up back at the Piet Zwart to review work done.

17:00: Finish

Useful links


Route: 21 or 24 tram (25 mins),+Centrum,+Rotterdam/Stedelijk+Museum+Schiedam,+Hoogstraat+112,+3111+Schiedam/@51.9191103,4.4171624,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x47c434a5b6024787:0x332d3e78fcabe64e!2m2!1d4.4692218!2d51.9250827!1m5!1m1!1s0x47c4356ad919961b:0x6e314d010ad71885!2m2!1d4.3981296!2d51.9159847!3e3

Outcome 1 Session One

here are the notes:


Outcome 2 Session One

and here is the sound file of your collective reading:


Links to Steve's Intro Talk: Bibliography