by Stefan Christian Hoja

C.o.c.o.i. Workshop

During the C.o.c.o.i. workshop with Emmy van Thiel I got to know more about the artist group “Oulipo”, who are known for their self-imposed restrictions while writing texts. Emmy lectured also more about “cabinets of curiosities”. These cabinets were created by merchants, the nobility and the clergy at the beginning of the 17th century. Various extraordinary exhibits such as mussels, minerals and animal preparations were exhibited.

In Emmy’s workshop I worked on different mini-projects about restrictions. This showed me new ways of developing ideas and I realized that prescriptions and restrictions can be very positive. They appeal on our creativity and making us getting out of our comfort zones.