ArtEZ creative writing, arnheim
visits the schule für dichtung / vienna poetry school (sfd)

the diary
may 2 – may 9 / 2022

mon, may 2
15.00 h

meet & greet

harriet nachtmann, irmi mac guire, jürgen berlakovich
welcome the guests at schule für dichtung:
maartje smits and her
iris besseling, nienke blanc, terra van dorst, ettie edens,
liefke gelissen, jeanine goossens, milou groenendijk, jelit hendriks,
julie jillissen, mel kikkert, lou rothuizen, jalil sultani, mattie van der velden

tue, may 3
14.00 h

"die kühe von wien" / "the cows of vienna"

tex rubinowitz
walk with
tex rubinowitz (writer, cartoonist, dj)
a little unreliable talk about cows in vienna,
using the example of a cow playing backgammon
and a cow in human form in the american film "before sunrise".

wed, may 4
15.00 h

sfd-teacher jürgen berlakovich (writer, musician and sound poet,
member of the vegetable orchestra) and sfd-teacher judith nika pfeifer
(writer, performance and language artist) drop by in and some
participants of the classes led by nell zink
and kalle laar

lecture by maartje
open classroom with maartje at sfd

thu, may 5
9.00 h

bird watching

bird watching at the zentralfriedhof
with klaus nüchtern, bird connoisseur and literary critic (photo by j. berlakovich / sfd)

19.00 h


sound poetry presentation: sfd-class led by kalle laar
& guest lecture by maartje smits

kalle laar & students
sounds & lecture
kalle laar (ger/aut) & the poets of his sound poetry class
"making music with animals" (a sound poetry class based on animal sound samples)

maartje smits
guest lecture by maartje smits on transmedia artistic research:
"how i started a forest im my bathroom" (ArtEZ creative writing, arnheim)

fri, may 6
15.00 h

open classroom

open class
open classroom with maartje smits at sfd

17.00 h

frank tazelaar
conversational exchange on the (un)creative proces
at creative writing programs in Arnhem and Vienna.
frank tazelaar, head of Creative Writing ArtEZ,
who speaks about the experiences he has had regarding
these processes in- and outside of the art academy.

sun, may 8
10.30 h


guided tour with irmi mac guire (freelance museum educator and
works on various projects at sfd).
the pratermuseum houses objects and memorabilia from the
“wurstelprater” amusement park, mainly from its heyday in the 19th century.


a picknick

orhan, maartje, students
picknick in the meadows of the 'green prater', walk with orhan kipcak
(institute for creative writing wien; fh joanneum graz, sfd) through the 'wurstelprater'


a free ride for a poem – led by orhan kipcak.

In this small project the vienna poetry school offers every Dutch
poet from ArtEZ a free ride of her/his choice (carousel, bumper car,
shooting gallery, ghost train, etc.) and receives a photo and
a poem in return – a souvenir for visitors and hosts.

poetry readings by students by the ArtEZ-students

mon, may 9
15.00 h

final classroom

final classroom with maartje

final classroom / presentation

final classroom / discussion

final classroom / plenum

(c) all photos by harriet nachtmann / sfd

the teachers

jürgen berlakovich
author, musician and sound artist. texts, speech-/soundscapes, palindrom songs, audio cartoons, sound essays, sound interpretations, film music, performances, radio plays and dna-sonifications. founder of takamovsky. co-founder of the music and literature performance duo sergej mohntau. member of the vegetable orchestra. he studied german literature and philosophy at vienna university and teaches acoustic poetry at the sfd. co-curator of the sfd series “soundlines” – lecture performances on acoustic poetry.

most recent publications: nobot – twitter noir (novel, 2022 klever) tobman (novel, 2018 klever), unseen science. see aural woods (takamovsky / luma.launisch / dvd / 2015), instrumentum vocale. ein figurenpark aus text und klang. (book & cd / klever-verlag 2014)

orhan kipcak
born in istanbul, grown up in austria. media designer, since 1989: operation of a design company for media design (adm™) in graz. numerous projects in art, design, virtual exhibitions and digital exhibitions for museums, festivals, the public sector and the industry (biennale di venezia, ars electronica, zkm, reuters, etc.). key researcher in eu research projects, projects in the field of tele-learning, game design and physical computing. since early 90s teaching at universities in graz and vienna; professor at the university of applied science graz (fh joanneum); lecturer at the university of applied arts, institut für sprachkunst (institute for creative writing), vienna; visiting lecturer at the hyperwerk, basel. since 1997 close collaboration with the schule für dichtung (sfd, vienna poetry school). (most recently: online micro radio play class “evil voices” >>

kalle aldis laar
*1955. sound artist, composer, radio play writer, dj. exhibitions, performances, interdisciplinary projects. radio plays & features, amongst others, for bayerischer and südwest rundfunk. presentations and lectures on, for example, sound, power and politics; sound and art; and about media and vinyl history. teaching assignments in munich, singapore, berlin.
"vinyl poetics":
exhibition at the vienna poetry school and online word ping pong >> 2021. kalle laar lives in munich and vienna >>

judith nika pfeifer
writer, performance and language artist, teacher. interdisciplinary phd in political science and linguistics. she writes poetry, prose, scenic and radio texts (in german and english). transmedia art projects and collaborative works in vienna, berlin, edinburgh, montreal, rome. 2012 reinhard priessnitz prize, 2017 max kade writer at lafayette college easton/pa, 2018 university of arizona, 2018 srishti school of art, desing and technology, bangalore. 2020 georgetown university. she taught creative writing in the u.s., south india and austria. her poems have been translated into english, serbian, french, hindi, chinese, spanish and italian.

judith nika pfeifer once took part in the legendary
"brothel" class by augusta laar & ernst molden at the sfd, and has been artistically involved in sfd projects ever since. she lives in vienna and in berlin.

publications in anthologies and journals. most recent single publications:
tucsonics (poems, hochroth 2019), violante (novella, czernin 2017).

as sfd-teacher:
“idiotie und widerstand” >>
“café gerstl” (online class & exhibition) >>

tex rubinowitz
born in hannover. has lived in vienna since 1984 and since then has drawn cartoons for various newspapers in the german-speaking world (falter, standard, zeit, faz, titanic). in addition, he is an occasional actor, a singer in a band with a dubious name (“mäuse” – mice), doo wop dj, book author. winner of the ingeborg bachmann prize 2014. publications (among others): irma (2016), lass mich nicht allein mit ihr (2018) – all published by rowohlt.

tex rubinowtz taught the sfd-class:
"fusilli you crazy bastard, how are you?"
and in 2020 he wrote the series “time of skipping actions” for
the sfd crisis blog,
( as well as for he sfd "advent calendar of horror" (

klaus nüchtern
journalist, author, literature critic, columnist and bird lover. he studied german and english in vienna. writes for the weekly vienna city magazine falter, where he also headed the culture pages for two decades. he runs the jazz label handsemmel records, co-hosts the literature talk show tea for three and studies history. he was awarded the prize of the city of vienna for publishing and the austrian state prize for literary criticism. his most recent single publication is "kontinent doderer. eine durchquerung". (c.h. beck 2016), about the viennese writer heimito von doderer.

maartje smits

*1986, she is a poet in image and language. via video, performances, photography and text she explores subjects that are dear to her, often linked to feminism and ecology. from this practice she teaches transmedia storytelling and design at the gerrit rietveld academy and at artez (arnhem).

maartje smits' books of poetry were published by uitgeverij de harmonie. maartje lives and works in amsterdam, and in her spare time she is a beekeeper. (

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