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Critical Writing workshop 2019, De Brakke Grond. Photo by Pieter Kers.

Arie Altena


Following the success of previous Critical Writing workshops, a new edition will take place during the Sonic Acts Academy, from 21 to 23 February 2020. The workshop is hosted by Arie Altena and Katía Truijen, as well as guests from different journalistic fields.

Focusing on specific aspects of writing as a craft (language, style and focus) and how to shape the argument or perspective of a piece, participants will convene in commissioning meetings, and receive one-to-one feedback on all work produced during the festival. The workshop focuses on developing writing skills, and all writers who complete text will have their pieces published on the Sonic Acts blog.


Arie Altena is an editor, writer and researcher who works in the field of art and technology. He is an editor at V2_​in Rotterdam, and as part of the Sonic Acts team he co-organised numerous festival editions and projects such as Kontraste and Dark Ecology. He is the author of Wat is community art? (2017) and he edited several Sonic Acts publications. He is currently also a member of the jury for the Witteveen+Bos-Art+Technology Award. He studied Literary Theory and has worked as an editor for, amongst others, Metropolis M, the Dutch magazine for contemporary art, and Mediamatic Magazine.


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