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Fantastic work descriptions

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Key data

Technique: Creative writing
I can do alone: No
Required time: < 45 minutes
City: Workroom


We can get to know a work of art especially well when we talk about it: what each of us sees and what it triggers in us. Although we all bring something of our own to the encounter with the artwork, it also has an intrinsic effect that we often share. Look closely and look within yourself, let your imagination run wild based on the work, and share your impressions with a group of friends or other students... as fantastic as you feel them to be!

Instructions for making it yourself

Collect ideas

Sometimes stories help us to feel inside ourselves. We don’t always have to describe everything rationally. Find a work in the exhibition and write your own travelogue of distant worlds and times, for example.


In this project you will find a few suggestions on how to proceed. Have fun looking and inventing stories.

You will need

  • a large sheet of paper
  • many smaller pieces of paper
  • pens
  • your voice

Step 1: Warm up

Sit in a circle and pretend you are a piano. There are black keys and white keys. One is black, one is white.


The “black keys” look for words related to technology and the “white keys” think of words related to art.


Taking turns, you say/whisper/cough/shout your terms into the room. Each pays attention to the other voices.


Together you will create a resonating body of sound on the theme of the exhibition, which you can play with.


Who is loud? Who is quiet? Who is silent? What are you saying? Can you be heard? Can you hear the others?

Step 2: Choose

As a group, choose a work of art that excites you, that attracts you, that amazes you, or that confuses you. Look at it very closely…

Writing prompt

How about a story made from found objects? Watch the video to learn how!

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Video Schreibimpulse - Gefundene Geschichte(n)

Step 3: Silent post

Each person in the group writes a sentence about the selected work on a piece of paper. Then fold it over backwards so that the person next to you can’t read the sentence. Then pass the piece of paper from person to person, folding it after each sentence.



The sentences can be feelings, observations, questions, exclamations, or even single words.


Step 4: Read aloud

When everyone has written something, unfold the paper and read aloud the fantastic story that came from different points of view. If you’re still at the museum, it’s best to do this out loud in front of the work. In doing so, each person can recite a different sentence. There will be fireworks!


Rinus Silzle wrote the children’s activity booklet “Future Buddys” with us. He was inspired by a few works in the exhibition “Future Bodies from a Recent Past” to create fantastic work descriptions: namely the audio reports Xen sends home from the research planet. For example, Bruno Gironcoli’s, Untitled (Baby On Three Legs, 1992-1996) inspired him to write the text you can listen to below.

Metallische Skulptur, auf drei Beinen, die im Rahmen der Ausstellung 'Future Bodies from a Recent Past' am Museum Brandhorst in München ausgestellt wird.