Languages of Editing

A one-day workshop run in collaboration with Corridor8 and co-delivered by
Professor Andrew Thacker, Sarah Laing, Chris McCormack and Nick Thurston

The Bluecoat Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Liverpool, 6 March 2020

This one-day workshop was run in collaboration with Corridor8, the not-for-profit platform for contemporary visual arts and writing in the North of England, and its design responded directly to the skills training needs identified among their team of freelance writers and editors. This workshop provided a training opportunity for freelance editors working in the field of art writing and reviewing to a) hone their practical editorial skills in the context of a better understanding of the history and significance of editorial mark-up languages and b) engage with recent academic practice and innovation in the editing of literary and other creative texts from the modernist period. The day included:

  •  A seminar-style session on the history of art writing and the art journal, with a particular focus on the importance of the modernist period in this regard.
  •  A session on the notion of the experimental and avant-garde in both historical and contemporary contexts, and the implications for an editor of a piece of writing which may itself be characterised as experimental or avant-garde, or which is on the topic of an experimental/avant-garde artwork.
  •  A practical session on how to use editorial mark-up languages, framed with historical and theoretical context on their development and discussion of their role in the creative process.
Imprints of the New Modernist Editing
Art Editing Modernism