This is a Studio Elective course that cross lists with Core. In this seminar we will explore different forms of artists’ writings across different cultures, with a primary emphasis on texts written since 1945. Whatever form an artist chooses for her/his writing (e.g. diary; essay; lecture; statement; open letter; magazine article; novel), we will approach the written text in relation to her/his art practice. The reason why artists not only make art objects but also write is generally that they feel they have something to say which nobody else (art critic or academic) would be able to say in their own language. This provokes the question: Do artists have a special way of thinking? How is their thinking connected to their art practice? Can we learn from artists to creatively interrelate experience and practical ambition as well as way of thinking and writing? Artists’ writings provide a context for their work rather than an explanation. They open up new horizons for reflection on their works and on cultural situations. On the basis of a selection of texts from artists such as Lygia Clark, Yoshihara Jiro, Agnes Martin, Mohammed Kazem, and John Cage we will observe how linguistic form and intellectual structure interfere, which strategies artists pursue to position themselves, and how the relationship between work and text is established. These theoretical studies will be accompanied by a practical task: learning from artists’ writings and experimenting with your own approach to writing in relation to your field of study. On a regular basis we will then discuss the texts each student produces in relation to the texts we have explored in class.