A one-day workshop run in collaboration with Corridor8 and co-delivered by Professor Andrew Thacker, Sarah Laing, Chris McCormack and Nick Thurston.
Venue: The Bluecoat Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Liverpool
This one-day workshop will be run in collaboration with Corridor8, the not-for-profit platform for contemporary visual arts and writing in the North of England, and its design responds directly to the skills training needs identified among their team of freelance writers and editors. Corridor8 editors have identified a growing appropriative trend in experimental art writing, in which modernist texts are borrowed and creatively interpreted. This calls for new editorial skills and approaches that involve subsequent interpretations of primary modernist texts and their associated genres. This workshop will address these issues, recognising a need within editorial fields for critically grounded strategies for reconciling differences between modernist and contemporary writing, and will provide a much-needed training opportunity for freelance editors working in the field of art writing and reviewing to a) hone their practical editorial skills in the context of a better understanding of the history and significance of editorial mark-up languages and b) engage with recent academic practice and innovation in the editing of literary and other creative texts from the modernist period. Invitations to leading editors and publishers in the field of experimental and art writing to co-deliver this event have been met with great enthusiasm, in recognition of the benefit of this event to their peers and junior colleagues. The day will include:
- A seminar-style session on the history of art writing and the art journal, with a particular focus on the importance of the modernist period in this regard.
- A session on the notion of the experimental and avant-garde in both historical and contemporary contexts, and the implications for an editor of a piece of writing which may itself be characterised as experimental or avant-garde, or which is on the topic of an experimental/avant-garde artwork.
- A practical session on how to use editorial mark-up languages, framed with historical and theoretical context on their development and discussion of their role in the creative process.
Applications for this event will open in early 2020.