An Paenhuysen >15 – 23 settembre 2018


Keep it short! Flash Stories in Art Writing

by An Paenhuysen

Talk and pittogramma-cocktail-nero-sagomato-medio
Mercoledì 19 settembre 2018  h. 19.30 – 22.30
Wednesday 19 September 2018 h. 7.30 – 10.30 PM
Fondazione Arthur Cravan
via Aleardi 11, Milano

Italian language is known for taking the scenic route. But are there advantages to keeping it short? Let’s have a thinking session about short-format writing, the art of few words, also known as “literature’s hand luggage.” How to fit a narrative in a very small space?

I will talk about the flash stories I wrote for Underwear Secrets. Little Thoughts in Art, a book inspired by my guided tours at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin. I’ll mix them with some half thoughts I have during the Residenze Insensate. In between we’ll do some finger exercises with a minimum of words.

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AAAAA PPPPP I seem to have a natural talent for short-format writing. I have a really hard time writing long texts. For most writers it’s the other way around – they need to cut words for publication; I mostly need to force myself to make my text longer. Since a few months I started to write more and more in a cut-up style, collages of micro-stories, so that I have
difficulties to write a full review or something of a substantial length. Things are going from short to shorter. At the moment I have arrived at half-thoughts, fragments of overheard conversations, and the leftovers of hear-say. I even changed the name of my blog from my full name into my signature letters AAAAA PPPPP. I wonder where this will end up, maybe at nothing… The Arthur Cravan Foundation is a good place to figure that out.

Picture Haiku’s (teeth inspired by Basquiat)

1. In German there’re two words for an “idea”: “Idee” and “Einfall”
2. “I have been thinking.” “An admirable exercise, my friend.” Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie)
3. Thoughtcrimes: !!! !!! !!! !!! !!!

An Paenhuysen loves blogging on art. She teaches online about art criticism and writing. Together with her Creative Forms in Art Writing class she published a series of e-books about science fiction and storytelling in art writing. At the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin An give guided tours – her favorite artist in the collection is Andy Warhol. Recently she curated the show Up and Down at KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Together with the artist Wolfgang Müller, she published the book 11 Objects of
the Science of Misunderstanding. An studied cultural history before switching to the contemporary art world. They have a beautiful word for this crossover in German language: “Quereinsteiger.”

CV EDUCATION 2006-2008 Post-Doc, University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University NY Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 2005 PhD in Kulturgeschichte, Universität Leuven, Belgien Dissertationstitel: Die Neue Welt. Avantgarde und Kulturkritik in Belgien 1998-2001 MA in Kulturgeschichte, Universität Leuven, Belgien und Humboldt Universität zu Berlin 1996-1998 BA in Geschichte, Universität Leuven, Belgien.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE since 2014 Lecturer at Node Center Berlin for Online Curatorial Studies (Art Criticism and Writing / Creative Forms in Art Writing, Blogs/Vlogs/Podcasts, Cultural Theory) since 2013 Coach for artists, private and for bbk berlin e.V. (Bildungswerk Berliner Künstler), for art schools such as PICTURE Berlin since 2011 Art educator Hamburger Bahnhof, Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin since 2010 Art critic and writer (Contemporary And, Sleek Magazine, WhiteHotMagazine, ArtSlant, Spex. Blog: since 2009- Curator A selection: – Up and Down. Die Avantgarde von heute als Salonkunst von morgen?, 1. April – 6. August 2017, KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin – Framework 6: Parallelisms: To Be Continued…, insitu Berlin, 13.-28. März 2015 – Sorry for Laughing, co-kuratiert mit Onika Simon, KN, Berlin, 7-20. Aug. 2014 – Gebärde Zeichen Kunst. Gehörlose Kultur / Hörende Kultur Borgarbókasafn Reykjavíkur Reykajvik, Island, 3. – 20. Juli 2014 Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin, 9. Nov. 2012 – 13. Jan. 2013 – PAUSE. Valeska Gert: Fragments in Motion Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin ! ! 20. September 20, 2010 – 10. April 2011

STIPENDS (Selection) 2017 COCOAA-Residenz in Conzano, Italy and Goethe Institute, Curatorial Stipend, HIAP Helsinki 2013 Ifa (Institut für Auslandbeziehungen) for the traveling exhibition Gebärde Zeichen Kunst in Reykjavik, Iceland 2012 Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Kunstfonds, Aktion Mensch for the exhibition Gebärde Zeichen Kunst 2011 Curatorial research trip to Belgium, BAM (Belgian Audiovisual Media) 2010 Getty Library Research Grant, Los Angeles 2010 Goethe Institute Stipend, Japan

RESIDENZE INSENSATE 2017-2018, a cura di Cose Cosmiche. La Fondazione Arthur Cravan indice un programma di residenze e mette a disposizione un luogo dove sia possibile elaborare e dedicarsi a progetti considerati insensati: oltre il buon senso comune, gli standard, le norme e normalizzazioni (consapevoli o inconsapevoli) della produzione artistica e intellettuale del tempo… di questo tempo.
La Fondazione Arthur Cravan, è ispirata al performer dadaista A. Cravan ed ha l’obbiettivo di supportare, produrre e promuovere idee e progetti considerati ‘Irrealizzabili’, ‘non convenzionali’ e ‘Senza Futuro’.

SENSELESS RESIDENCY 2017-2018, curated by Cose Cosmiche. The Arthur Cravan Foundation announces a residency programme and provides a place for developing and working on projects deemed to be “senseless”: beyond the good common sense, standards, norms and normalization (conscious or unconscious) of the artistic and intellectual production of the time… of this time.
The Arthur Cravan Foundation, inspired by the Dadaist performer A. Cravan, is dedicated to supporting, producing, and promoting projects and ideas deemed to be “unrealizable,” “non-conventional” and “No Future”.


Photo by Helga Franza, Silvia Hell, An Paenhuysen