DBR – Research Delivery

10.10.2019 | Pavlos Kontouriotis


  • combination of visual and text (written or spoken)
  • written text + photos + video
  • give a sense of what the research could be like
  • find artistic means to deliver the written application
  • start researching, reflect on it and deliver it
  • think of it as a kickstarter for a project, as if it would be sent to a venue for getting a residency
  • what will the process of research look like? (not how I imagine the outcome of the research to be!!)
  • what medium? Choose the most appropriate medium first. Then choose the operations
  • The prototype can be one of the methods of research

Operations: research delivery

Objet Trouvé // Readymade

  • artist gives the audience time and a space to contemplate an object
  • Found objects derive their identity as art from the designation placed upon them by the artist
  • Duchamp
  • Tracy Emin (1999) “My Bed” (she had depression and took her room to the museum)
  • Jerôme Bell (pop music) “The show must go on” – “Veronique Doisneau” – quotes, recontextualizing work made by others
  • Piero Manzoni (1961) “Artist’s Shit”
  • Ulay (1976) – ” There is a criminal contact in art” – he steels the painting from the gallery in Berlin


  • from one genre to another
  • culture, geography, temporality, history

Commentary (on the politics of the source thext or the mise-en-scene):

  • offering revised point of view
  • adding hypothetical motivation
  • voicing silenced/marginalized


  • proximation
  • updating

e.g. – Gus Van Sant remade Psycho tryib to use the same gaze Hitchcock used in the original


  • Tarantino always refers to frames of other films
  • Joseph Beuys (1974) – I like America and America likes me / Oleg Kulik (1997) – I bite America and America bites me (he embodies a dog in an excessive way)


  • Marc Bambila (2006) Sync – boredom and pornography
  • Dolly Parton’s Jolene sounds as if it is sung by a man only by being slowed down

Culture Jam: modifying something like a coca-cola logo and tranforming it

Synesthesia: try to express one sensation through other means / e.g. Maria Sideri (2014) – Valentine (the sound affects the paint, other materiality) / Rita Marcalo Caramel (2012)

Sensation: e.g. Lost Highway D. Lynch – he pretends that there is a linear narrative, but there is not. He’s interested in creating sensation

Color psychology: see instagram color palette cinema

Karen Finley – Enter Entrepeneur (nothing happened)

Emapthy: e.g. Kira O’Reilly (2003) Untitled Action for Bomb Shelter (one to one performance. it could not be documented.)

Nick Ut (1972) – it’s a composed photo (he chose to take a photo that would ask for empathy in Vietnam)

Relational aesthetics – it relies on the relation that happens in the moment

Participatory art – Yayoi Kusama Obliteration Room (2015) – white room where people can put the colored dot stickers so that people could see the world a bit like her

Labyrith (2010) Tommy Noonan (non guided tour through the city of Hamburg)

Immersive theatre – simulations, games where there is decision-making by the audience

Symantec “Cyber Readiness Challenge -Protect and Prevail”

Community art

dislocation // relocation, decontextualization // recontextualization

  • Branco Miloskovic – Appointed (2015)
  • Anna Thearesa’s Fase in contexts other than a stage
  • Janis Cournelis (1969) Untitled (12 horses) – horses in the art gallery
  • Boris Charmatz (2014) Musee de la Danse at Tate Modern
  • Tilda Swinton (1995) – Maybe – she sleeps in the gallery
  • Rita Natalio (2014) – Museo Encantador – she uses found objects, garbage, and presented them as ethnographic material, creating a “fake” culture of the natives

Call for imagination

  • Mette Edvartsen
  • While we are holding it together – Ivana Muller


  • Golden Hours (as you like it) Anna Theresa (music by Brian Eno – opposition between action and music)
  • Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick

Accelerating / Discelerating (check the video essay)

  • e.g. Martin Scorcese’s films, Godard, Tarantino
  • it gives time for the spectator to reflect

Lucinda Childs – Carnation (1964)





Defamiliarisation / estrangement – (e.g. Self Unfinished)