Petja Grafenauer: Writing a text about an exhibition of contemporary art

School for Curators and Critics of Contemporary Art
Season 13
2nd Year (September 2010–May 2011)

Workshop on writing about contemporary art in 2 parts
November 4 and 18, 2010

A work or a project of contemporary art is not bounded by a certain form, content or materials. As today, a work of art has not identifiable intrinsic properties and contemporary art is located in the hub of artistic, aesthetic, philosophical, sociological, political, media, science and many other discourses, those who would like to write about a project or an exhibition of contemporary art often find themselves in front of many seemingly insurmountable issues:

  • How should I visit the exhibition?
  • To what I have to pay attention?
  • Where and how to get information that I need and how to use it?
  • How to use this information?
  • How should I start writing?
  • Should I lean on the theory and in what manner should I use it?
  • How to conceive a text?

A workshop will lead participants from preparations for the visit and tour of the exhibition to writing and complete extended professional texts on the exhibition. The best text will also be published in the professional press.


Part 1
Thursday, November 4, 2010

10:00-12:00 Introduction of participants. Lecture about the key elements of the exhibition, which are necessary to think about before writing the expertise
12:00-12:30 Independent view of the exhibition project
12:30-14:00 Guided tour and talk with the curators of the exhibition project
14:00-16:00 Lunch break
16:00-18:00 Discussion on key substantive points of the exhibition, preparation for writing text

Part 2
Thursday, November 18, 2010

16:00-18:00 Participants and their mentor discuss about every finished texts and choose the best one, which the author prepares for publishing in a professional journal in the following week.