DBR – Performative Explorations of Artistic Research

01.10.2019 | Dr. João da Silva

“10 propositions for a radical pedagogy or how to rethink value”, Erin Manning / study X knowledge consumption / don’t try to find a thread, a line, make learning a weave. http://www.inflexions.org/radicalpedagogy/PDF/Manning.pdf

How do we identify the artistic dimension of things?

Considering that things are not intrinsicly anything, how do we identify the artistic dimension of something?

  • quality of presence of the thing
  • the capacity to affect and (sometimes) be affected (in fact that’s Spinoza’s definition of ethics…)
  • the capacity to promote critical thinking
  • the thing’s entanglements to the context in which it is created and presented
  • intention
  • the connections created by the thing, person, event
  • what stays after the encounter with something
  • sometimes an impressive craft
  • the history the thing carries with it

The artist engages with research when …

  • observing the object of research
  • asking the object questions
  • creating bridges between the object and other things
  • finding answers for questions not asked
  • updating old questions about the object
  • identyfing the changes in relationship between the researcher and object
  • attempting to translate information from one medium to another
  • documenting all the processes above mentioned
  • observing the documents
  • sharing all the documentation of the process (anything tangible, besides discourse) to get an idea of how the medium chosen modifies the object itself