SAF19 Critical Writing 1069089 Pieter Kers

Arie Altena
Critical Writing


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.

The Critical Writing workshop this year will focus on the different critical modes that can be used to write about, describe and discuss art, theory, sound and music while thinking about how to package ideas. Participants will cover the conference, performances and other events during the festival, and have a chance to interview artists and theorists.

The workshop is a co-production of Sonic Acts & Paradiso and part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Arie altena

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.

Critical Writing at Sonic Acts Festival 2019. Photo by Pieter Kers.

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