Workshop. Jeuno Kim. In collaboration with the Media School. Feb 22-23, 28-29 & March 6.

Jeuno JE Kim Seminar. Modes of Telling: Exposition, Short Fiction, Verse & Visual Autobiography

The act of communicating something to someone is a ground wherein lies the bases for all disciplines within the arts, be it literature, music, visual art or dance. This allows for constructive inter-disciplinary collaborations in search for narratives across media and medium. Keeping this fabric of communicative actions as a backdrop, the workshop examines ‘story’ and ‘telling’, two nouns that are compounded to produce one noun – storytelling. Emphasis is placed on how a telling is structured in written texts, and to develop through mimicry and practice one’s own writing.

In order to write, one must read and in order to develop a reading practice, one must read not only by oneself, but also with others. We will read, read aloud and read together a few essays and short stories, to consider how they are written — language, structure, rhythm, economy of events, a narrative voice — and what is at stake in the texts. Participants are expected to write four texts – exposition, short fiction, verse and visual autobiography which are to be presented for group discussion and critique.

Reading list:

“Death of the Author” by Roland Barthes

“Six Memos for the Next Millenium” by Italo Calvino

“The Cows” by Lydia Davis

“Species of Spaces and Other Pieces” p. 97-134 (from Je suis né) by Georges Perec

“Power Politics” Chapter 1 “The Ladies Have Feelings So…Shall We Leave it to the Experts” by Arundhati Roy

“Long Life Cool White: Photographs and Essays” by Moyra Davey

“Pleasure of the Text” by Roland Barthes


Coming from music and radio background, Jeuno JE Kim has explored different genealogies of the realm of sound, performance and text, referring both to a tradition of experimental music and use of sound and text in western contemporary art. Her artistic practice combines different disciplinary frameworks by mixing methods and cultural cannons, by problematizing the narratives between fiction and reality, and by blending historical “facts” with speculation about current movements. Her work is influenced by the ongoing modernization and westernization in Korea and the Pacific East region, and the urgency of the political, sociological and cultural issues that permeate this reality such as nationalism, identity construction, and historical narration. Kim’s projects are continuous inquiries into artistic responsibility and the use of art as a space for research and a public arena for a communal and meaningful exchange. Born in South Korea, currently she is based in Malmö, Sweden.

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