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Associative Writing Workshop in the Pinakothek der Moderne

Updated: Aug 3, 2021

“The individual that I am is in a state of response to painting.”

Hélène Cixous

Last Sunday, on the 27th of June, the Turtle Magazin(e) hosted their first workshop at the Pinakothek der Moderne (Museum for Modern Art in Munich) on the topic of associative writing.

We constantly take in visual material around us – not solely when we are in museums. Most of it is processed unconsciously, filtered through our perceptive grid. We cannot take in everything – we have to focus. That’s why Jasmine and I decided to start focusing more. We started going to museums looking at artworks for longer than a minute. Notebooks in our hands, we started jotting down our emotions, impressions, associations – sometimes poetry, prose, or random text fragments. During the workshop we wanted others to see and feel the surplus of truly engaging with the artworks in front of us. When writing, the goal was to immerse ourselves in the symbolic and expressive realm of the artwork and transform its essence into something textual.


With permission of the writers, we here want to showcase a poem written in cooperation at the end of the workshop:


Zersplittert

Arme

Und

Hufe

Fragmente einer vergangenen Illusion

ausgehölte Teile eines

Menschentieres

ein geöffneter Schrei

galoppiert in den Raum

Einsame Teile

zusammen

aber

Teil hoda

ung hoda a

Zerstörung a hoda a continua

Hand a

und

Fuß




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