SAF19 Critical Writing 1069089 Pieter Kers

Katía Truijen 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.

Academy WEB artist trnsparent

Katía Truijen is a media theorist and musician based in Rotterdam. Since 2014, she has been developing programmes in the field of digital culture within Het Nieuwe Instituut's Research Department. Katía has published on digital culture and design for many leading cultural platforms in the Netherlands. She graduated from the MA in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam, and completed the Art & Research Honours Programme at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Previously, she taught at the University of Amsterdam, Department of Media Studies, and the Netherlands Film Academy.

Academy WEB artist trnsparent

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.

The workshop is intended for a small group of emerging international bloggers, journalists, critics and writers active or interested in the field of interdisciplinary arts (media arts, film, visual arts and performance). Applicants are asked to submit a short motivation and CV to workshop[at]sonicacts[dot]com. The deadline for applications is 20 January 2020. For an impression of previous written Critical Writing results, check out the Sonic Acts blog.

Participants pay a €60 contribution. Lunch will be provided.