Critical Writing Academy Programme Confirmed

On 9 and 10 October 2015, Dark Ecology and Fridaymilk present a two-day Critical Writing Academy, in Murmansk, Russia. Dedicated to enhancing the art of critical writing and to creating a community of writers across the Barents Region, we have selected participants from Norway and Russia who will attend the Academy, which focuses on the subject matter of Dark Ecology. Two experts, Furqat Palvazande from Russia and Arne Skaug Olsen from Norway, together with Dutch writer and Critical Writing Academy facilitator Rosa Menkman, will guide participants through the challenges and pitfalls of critical writing. Furqat Palvazande (RU) held multiple positions within the educational and cultural sector before he became editor of Theory and Practice in 2011. In the fall of 2014, Palvazande launched, a publishing platform describing cultural, political, and social events. Arne Skaug Olsen (NO) is a curator, art critic and writer. He was curator at LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival) in 2015 and at Visningsrommet USF in Bergen (2008–2011 and has written for Camera Austria, Klasskampen and Billedkunst. Olsen currently teaches at the National Academies of Art in Oslo and in Bergen. More information about Arne Skaug Olsen can be found on this website. Rosa Menkman (NL) is an artist, curator and theorist. Since 2007 Menkman has written for multiple platforms and publications, Sonic Acts among them. Her book Glitch Moment/um, which focuses on the exploitation and popularisation of glitch artifacts, is published by the Institute of Network Cultures. Menkman is currently pursuing a PhD at Goldsmiths, London. More information about Rosa Menkman can be found here.

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