2011-2012 Reading for Writing or How to do Things with Theory
During the second year of their study the students have to complete a written thesis. This is the culmination of the two-year course Reading for Writing or How to do Things with Theory , which consists of a monthly theory seminar/ plenary session, an evening lecture delivered by a guest speaker and one-to-one meetings between the students and the thesis mentors Alena Alexandrova and Doreen Mende. For the plenary sessions the students have to read, discuss and briefly introduce theoretical texts from various fields (philosophy, art theory, visual /cultural studies). They develop skills to read, research and formulate questions for further research. In addition to that, practical issues related to research and writing are addressed in a writing workshop. The evening lecture, curated by either Alena Alexandrova or Doreen Mende and delivered by a distinguished guest provides a broader context, and a chance to get acquainted with current research, and curatorial projects. While during the first year the focus is on developing research skills and a central question for the thesis, formally submitted as a thesis project, during the second year the students engage in further research and writing the thesis.
The thesis is a written text and it is designed to help the students to develop skills to formulate relevant questions, which strengthen their artistic practices, and simultaneously allow them to position their work in a broader context. Theory is considered as field that ideally provides students with conceptual tools and strategies in their creative practices. The border between the theory and creative practice is porous and allows for interpenetration of ideas and approaches.
Each thesis is presented to a carefully selected external reviewer.
For a selection of theses and their subsequent reviews by external experts go here.