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Meadhbh McNutt

“Should artists write?” – Writing workshop – Second edition

November 2020

“Should artists write?” – Writing workshop – Second edition

Aria Dean. Cipher (3) (2018) detail

Thursdays 12, 19, 26 November 2020, 6pm–8pm

As part of the Reciprocal Residencies exhibition, Writer Meadhbh McNutt returns to CCA~Derry~Londonderry to deliver a second edition of Should artists write?

During this three-part workshop, participants will engage with selected critical texts, participate in writing activities and discuss work produced. Throughout the workshops, Meadhbh shares ideas and examples with you to create a network for exchange and discussion.

The first session takes Peter Osborne’s Anywhere or Not at All as a starting point to ask: “What is art writing? And to which canon does it belong?” We look at the turn towards conceptual art in the 1960s and 70s (focusing on Sol LeWitt’s Sentences and Adrian Piper’s 1987 letter to Donald Kuspit). Texts by art writer Maria Fusco and theorist Susannah Thompson will be discussed.

The second session examines the appeal of transdisciplinary writing and the difficult matter of artistic autonomy, with texts from writer Chris Kraus, and artist-writers Hito Steyerl, Hannah Black and Aria Dean. Participants are encouraged to choose a writing exercise of their choice, and prepare an open-ended response for the third session.

Taking the lead from Aria Dean’s quote, “…writing to understand something, and making work to test an idea”, the final session invites you to share your work among the group and reflect on key questions.

This is a ticketed event, at a cost of £25 for three two-hour online sessions. The workshops will take place on Zoom. An invite and texts will be emailed in advance. Places are limited and booking is essential here for this Public Programme event. Please email info@cca-derry-londonderry.org for further details or enquiries.

“Should artists write?” – Writing workshop – Second edition

Adam Pendleton, Pace Gallery Archive

“Should artists write?” – Writing workshop – Second edition

Ebba Fransén Waldhör for Hannah Black's Dark Pool Party (2016)

“Should artists write?” – Writing workshop – Second edition

Sophie Calle, extract from 'Prenez soin de vous (Take Care of Yourself)' (2007)

“Should artists write?” – Writing workshop – Second edition

Hannah Black, 'Team Jolie' still (2014). Courtesy the artist and Arcadia Missa

“Should artists write?” – Writing workshop – Second edition

Aria Dean, 'Cipher (2)' (2017)