As reading was an important element of « Writing in, on and through art. From art criticism to creative writing », Louisa Elderton’s and Klaus Speidel’s class at the Summer Academy Salzburg, the class chose to do a public reading during the open days of the Academy. Like the whole course, the reading was hybrid and bilingual, bringing together students in Salzburg and others online in different parts of Europe, reading in English or German – or both. All students who could make it on the final day read a text of their choice. While Ralf Stieber started with a text reflecting the last day of the hybrid class, Trine Struwe Hansen (2:38) read a text on her own sculptural practice which is based on turning letters into sculptures and abstract forms. Armela Madreiter (8:15) presented a poetico-critical text based on a visit to the Friedl Kubelka von Gröller exhibition at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg where she reflected Kubelka’s practice of a conceptual woman artist and the absence of Wikipedia entries as much as gaps in art history. Darko Aleksovski (16:20) imagined being a neon advert for a flower shop saved by Paulina Olowska, exhibited at the Museum der Moderne and retells the story of its glorious and less glorious life. Based on the experience of Beckett’s piece « Not I », Eva Heimböck (21:07) reflected on being a voice. Gabriela Semetanová (23:12) presented a text on Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller’s 1000 Gedanken, a series of portraits of the artist’s mother, zooming in and out with her writing. Flora Fee Maryhofer (26:40) read a poem on time and photography, based on the Friedl Kubelka exhibition and reflecting on how photography brings time into space. Martin Schlathölter (29:45) read a poem he had written on his experience and discussions in the class which critically reflects on the use of references and quotes in talking about art. Jutta Pillen-Konetzka (32:23) turned a transcript of the Zoom chat into an allegory of art that silences us, which she connected to a visual art exhibtion on language in Hamburg, her home town. In his second reading, Ralf Stieber (38:53) dadistically reflected on the experience of following a class on Zoom and taking the power to speak. The reading ended with memory vignettes by Sarah Petersen (35:34), Martin Schlathölter (45:13) and Darko Aleksovski (47:05), who created little time capsules and reflections of moments and thoughts they wanted to preserve.
The reading was recorded through Zoom and can be seen here. Students in order of appearance with approximate time codes: 1 Ralf Stieber: « Some sort of translation » (excerpt) about the last day of the class 3 (2:38) Trine Struwe Hansen on her own practice 4 (8:15) Armela Madreiter: « Alles zu Kubelka », on Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller 5 (16:20) Darko Aleksovski as the neon « Flowers » by Paulina Olowska 6 (21:07) Eva Heimböck with her own text « Voice » 7 (23:12) Gabriela Semetanová on Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller, « 1000 Thoughts, Lore Bondy » 8 (26:40) Flora Fee Mayrhofer: « Ausblicke aus Fenstern » Gedanken zur Fotografie, ausgehend von Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller 9 (29:45) Martin Schlathölter: « Versperre dich nicht mehr und hab Vertrauen » (Gedicht) 10 (32:23)Jutta Pillen-Konetzka: « Frau verstummt an Überdosis Sprechkunst »: Zoom und die Ausstellung « Neusprech » in Hamburg 11 (35:34) Sarah Petersen liest Erinnerungsvignetten 12 (38:53) Ralf Stieber: « Voice » 13 (45:13) Martin Schlathölter liest Erinnerungsvignetten 14 (47:05) Darko Aleksovski remembers first times
1 September 2020
by Writing in on and through art
After a sound introduction into writing about art, the focus of the course was on the practice of writing and editing. Participants examined different forms of art writing, from the Renaissance up to the present day, and discussed different approaches, how form, style, voice and narrative can be used to different effect.