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Course Catalogue WS 2023/24

Let´s essayer

Essay und Experiment

Specialist seminar
WS 21/22
Target group
Main course / Diploma 2

Dates - place & time

25.10.2124.01.22Monday2-wöchentlich14:00 - 17:00
from-to14:00 - 17:00

Seminar description

The essay is an uncertain genre. It is derived from the Latin "exagium" attempt. The French verb "essayer" goes in the direction of "try for the first time", dare to do something, while the English "searching" means to seek and examine. In Italian, the verb “saggiare” in the substantiated form “saggio” has the double meaning of “trial” or “attempt”, but also means “the wise”, as an adjective “wise”. "The wisdom of the essay arises from experience, the self-experienced is processed in a direct, unencrypted way - one of the reasons why very few authors can resist this form." Chaim Noll writes about the essay as an attempt. In this seminar we will write, think, try together. We exchange words, images and sounds, the seminar writes its own text. At the end there might be a joint (cinematic?) Attempt, shall we go online? Let's essayer!

Subsequent changes / additions

In collaboration with (guest) Katerina Marshfield, M.A. - is a researcher of the concept of multimodality in crosscultural storytelling. She approaches Video Essays as a phenomenon that has grown out of film criticism on youtube and has taken a life of its own as a genre in academic as well as artistic ventures. She is currently an Associate of Digital Teaching at the HBK Braunschweig.

Student office

Karin Cordes

Juliane Schwibbert

Katrin Seiniger

Claudia Warnecke

Heumarkt 14

50667 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 194 /

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Opening hours: Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m.    -    4 p.m.

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Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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