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Camp Cushy x Van Abbe Future Writing

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Camp Cushy x Van Abbe Future Writing


Watershed and the Van Abbe Museum are teaming up for this years edition of Camp Cushy (12-17 August) and we would love for you to apply! For six days, the museum will house emerging literary artists and makers who will be together building tools for producing new work. This year our main focus is Future Writing, which will help us to look for new and interdisciplinary ways of storytelling.

During Camp Cushy we will be working to empower all perspectives and investigating what Future Writing means to you. Six days devoted to deepening our practical, creative and theoretical understanding of storytelling, embedded in an inspiring environment and surrounded by a lot of original, authentic styles and ways of seeing, both from the teaching faculty as your fellow participants.

The first couple of days of Camp Cush are mainly focused on the theoretical part. How do we envision Future Writing and storytelling? What’s your own position in that future? At Watershed we have some ideas about what Future Writing looks like. We believe it’s non-appropriating and not dominated by one voice. It is also about diversity in how we view the world and differences in experiences and perspectives. We believe that Future Writing is about reclaiming your own narrative and how you want to develop it.

In the second part of the program you’ll be putting what you’ve learned and discovered into practice. The participants will be divided into groups of five, each with their own mentor, to work on a project. Of course, there is also time and space to create and work on your own, with the possibility to receive feedback from both the faculty members as your peers.

This year we welcome philosopher and writer Simon(e) van Saarloos, writer Jörgen Gario, visual artist Julius Thissen and writer and creative academic Tracian Meikle to be part of our coaching team. We will also have a killer program of guest lectures. One being science fiction author Nalo Hopkinson.

Camp Cushy x Van Abbe Future Writing (12 – 17 August) takes place during the last week of the Xenogenesis exhibition in the museum, the first large exhibition of London based The Otolith Group in the Netherlands. The exhibition is named after Afrofuturist author Octavia E. Butlers Xenogenesis Trilogy.

To wrap up the exhibition and the writing camp, on August 18tha dialogue session will be held in the museum with guest lectures and a contribution by the literary artists who have participated in Camp Cushy. Together with the Otolith Group and other Futurists.

Wanna join us on this adventure? Then tell us in no more than 500 words what your take on Future Writing is and/or what your personal motivation is to participate in this edition of Camp Cushy. Written or by voice or video message. Send (a link) to your text or files to Y3VzaHkgfCBzdGljaHRpbmd3YXRlcnNoZWQgISBubA== before the 26st of May 2019. We would also like to receive some samples of work you already did.

When: 12 – 17 August + Dialogue session: August 18th
Where: Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven
Costs: 500,- (including lunch and class materials)
Final registration date: June 15th
Selection announcement: Last week of June



Map Van Abbemuseum, Bilderdijklaan 10, 5611 NH Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Eindhoven, Netherlands
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