Workshop: politics of transcription

BEK 26.06.2019 17.0026.06.2019 19.00


Welcome to the second part of the workshop politics of transcription with Amy Pickles, Hordaland kunstsenter’s artist in residence in May and June 2019. During her stay, she will host two workshops which are free and open to all. First workshop was held at Hordaland kunstsenter Friday June 14th.

politics of transcription is a workshop that borrows the name of a paper from Mary Bucholtz, American professor of linguistics and discourse studies. It experiments with techniques in written representations of speaking out loud. We will use transcribing techniques to think through curator and writer, Jo Melvin’s term dirty matter, which she defines as “ elements of research and practice that do not make it into “the ‘clean’ publication. Often overlooked, the dirty or the banal can invigorate. It is transformative in its effect.” (Melvin, J. 2015) 

The workshop will first involve reading out loud edited source material in English. This will be followed by exercises to re-choreograph both source material and personal writing. We will make scores for reading, speaking or maintaining your chosen communication. 

Please bring with you, one short text (or extract) you have written that does not read well. Questions can be directed to Scott Elliott (scott AT at Hordaland kunstsenter.

Aural material from both workshops will go towards a hybrid publication made with Willem de Kooning Academy, platform to be launched in September 2019. Authorship will be collectively discussed in the workshops, and individual consent will always be asked for. The team involved are Amy Pickles, designers and researchers Cristina Cochior and Julie Boschat Thorez, editor Kate Briggs and producer Kimmy Spreeunwenberg. 

Amy Pickles is one of the selected participants for Hordaland kunstsenter’s 2019/2020 residency programme. You can read more about the program and the participants here.

Melvin, J. (2015) Holes in the Archive – To fill or leave, that is the question…Bright Light (2) [online] pp. 65-74. Available at:[Accessed: 5 June. 2019]

Bucholtz, M. (2000) The Politics of Transcription. Journey of Pragmatics 32 [online] pp.1439-1465 Available at:[Accessed: 5 June. 2019]