Experimental Writing Studio (CAEL2037)


The manifestation of text has appeared across a multiplicity of art forms. The Experimental Writing Studio: From Street Art to the White Cube unit investigates text and language in art, via self-directed projects that are unbounded by medium and yet use writing as the genesis or as primary material for the production of a work of art. This subject encompasses a terrain that potentially goes from street art to high culture.

Students are able to work in an open ended way with text, either as starting point or as a finished work. From a screenplay or work of fiction to a body of paintings or sculptures. From artists books, zines, net art and editions the ultimate form that the work takes is determined by the needs of the idea proposed. The subject can also encompass time based art forms such as video, sound, and performance art. This open studio interdisciplinary subject investigates text and writing as a generator of potential new art forms and hybrids.

Students will work by way of a self-directed project and on one short in class project. The subject will be taught by way of tutorials, group critique, workshops, lectures and guest lectures.

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Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60 hrs


1x assessment task in week 4, 5 or 6 (20%) and 1x15 min oral examination of presentation of studio projects (80%) in week 15


McKenzie, Wark. The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International, June 2011.
Minguet, Josep María, Ultimate Street Art: A Celebration of Graffiti and Urban Art, Barcelona: Instituo Monsa de Ediciones, 2009
Solt, Mary Ellen and Barnstone, Willis. Concrete Poetry: A Worldview, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1969.
Selby, Aimee. Art and Text, London, 2009

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.