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Since summer 2013, a slowly growing team of researchers in Zurich and Europe is steadily develoing the local and transversal framework of Immediations. In Zurich, concerns of immediation are focused on the term “Urban Fabric.” The attempt is to interlace expertise in textile and architecture, urban interaction design, and artistic research enabling us to outline, develop and concretize new practices of research and knowledge production through conceptual work aesthetic experiments. The preliminary goal is laying the ground for the second project phase The Anarchive which will primarily be staged in Europe.
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sonozones (2014) by Jan Schacher et al.
published in Journal for Artistic Research
The 'sonozones' project investigates sound art practices in public places through personal and public acts of listening and sounding. The topic is explored using artistic processes developed on site in Mülheim in the Ruhr region of central Germany. Four sound art practitioners collaboratively explore ideas and concepts that question the significance and impact of listening and sounding in public places and suburban and urban spaces. The project collects traces and artefacts of the artistic processes as a basis for investigations into key elements of the individual and social dimensions of sound art. The exploration of forms sets the stage for experiments, interventions, and performative presences carried out on site by the artists. A continuous dialogue and the collection of verbal reflections frames these activities. In addition to texts, this exposition lays out a collection of audio recordings, photographs, and videos in order to document and convey sensory experiences as well as thoughts.
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This project explores how scholarly technique is shaped by the technologies used to produce it by documenting the growth and development of a long-term scholarly interest through multiple iterations culminating in a digital artistic installation presented using the Creativity Studios* of North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt, Jr. Library* as part of the 2014 North Carolina Literary Festival* whose topic was “The Future of Reading.”* The installation was entitled, Projections: Exploring Reading and Writing in Emerging Technologies (or How an Apparatus Becomes Self-Aware). In the essay that follows and in the descriptive work amended via the toolbar above, I reflect on the role of the scholar as producer, creating and expanding the applications of emerging technologies of writing.
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Research: sonozones (2014) by Jan Schacher et al.
David Gorton 22/09/2014 at 13:31

The exposition provides access and insight into a fascinating artistic project in which three sound artists accompanied by a project leader/collaborator/responder explore the German town of Mülheim an der Ruhr through sound recordings, installations, and interventions, and above all through the personal, experiential engagement with the urban soundscape as mediated by their artistic practices. The project management and methods are of particular interest, with the project specifically established as a research project, and the processes of exploration, investigation, and reflection becoming the ‘artistic work’ themselves, rather than just a means for producing a final artistic product. But perhaps of most significance is the mode of presentation of the exposition itself, and the manner in which the authors have addressed the difficult task of presenting and providing access to such ephemeral materials as site- and time-specific artistic process, action, and experience. This is achieved through the use of high-quality photographs, audio, video, and a diversity of writing styles ranging from diary notes to formal discourse, all of which powerfully communicate the artistic investigations, and more importantly the artistic experiences of the participants in their specific time and place. As readers/listeners/viewers our understanding and mediated experience of the place, time, and people of Mülheim an der Ruhr are transformed.

Research: What is a University? (2014) by Daphne Plessner
Jan Cohen Cruz 17/09/2014 at 14:57

This is a very thoughtful set of questions about the crisis in UK and US universities, appropriately brought to various sites of the university through three interventions that engage members of that "community" itself in the critique. Given that part of the critique, however, is that the university was once conceived as a public good and it has become increasingly privatized, where else in the public sphere might interventions around this question be significant? What about secondary schools, for example? Has the author considered interventions in other locations?

Research: Talking in Circles: Interview, Conversation, Metalogue (2014) by Amber Yared et al.
Siobhan Murphy 09/06/2014 at 21:49

The exposition addresses intellectual questions in an artistic manner. It enacts content through form, and resists the reification of knowledge through insisting on multiple rather than singular meanings. The circularity of the title is enacted throughout the exposition and this rhythm is akin to artistic approaches that return to a subject time and again without exhausting it, gleaning more from each iteration.


The exposition’s exploration of form, and the explicitness with which it conducts that exploration, certainly has a lot to say to artistic researchers, albeit somewhat unexpectedly. The ways in which the authors approach the knowledge-making endeavour turn out to be not at all dissimilar to how knowledge arises in artistic research. The focus on dialogue as a site for learning is a useful provocation to thought for artistic researchers – as evidenced in some recent expositions in JAR, the tacit knowledge of art-making is often usefully uncovered through dialogue with another. In this context, I think it is timely to include an exposition that focuses explicitly on dialogue as form. This is of particular interest to artistic researchers in performance which is by nature collaborative and thus already a form of dialogue. The exposition provokes a re-consideration of the solitary reflection often undertaken by artistic researchers when they are engaged in writing.


The exposition does not seek to exhaustively answer or even pose questions. What it does is to evidence a history of curiosity on the part of the authors regarding the nature of dialogue and the relationship of dialogue to education. Rather than putting everything ‘on show’ in the exposition itself, the exposition serves as a window onto the authors’ broader practices. In this context practice does not mean artistic practice per se, but rather the authors’ ongoing practices of seeking to learn through talking to others and of seeking novel ways of communicating the singularity and inconclusiveness of that learning. The way in which the authors’ ideas are unearthed in dialogue with one another such that content is not touched on without formal experimentation – content is always enacted as form – takes the exposition into the realm of the performative. It thus enters provocatively into what might be called artistic research even though art-making is not the wellspring of the exposition.

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