This special issue will explore existing and possible connections between two different sets of practices: phenomenological research practice and artistic research practice. On the one hand, both sets of practices share a basic aspect: they approach their object of research as phenomena, that is, through their phenomenal presences. On the other hand, these sets of practice are configured by different forms of action developed in different media — among many others, written or oral language, drawing, architectural design, film, photography, sound or body movement. On this twofold basis, we are inviting submissions that address the following questions and demonstrate them in action: How do the commonalities between practices and methods of artistic and phenomenological research manifest? How can phenomenological research be accomplished in artistic media and by artistic means? How can artistic research extend the scope of phenomenology as research practice? In turn, how can phenomenology contribute to further develop artistic research practices?
The focus of this special issue goes beyond traditional views of the relationships between art and phenomenology by considering both as fields of research, or more specifically, as ways of researching through phenomena. For the purposes of this special issue, art is not approached as an object of research for phenomenologists and phenomenology should not be treated in this context as a theoretical reference for artists producing art works. Accordingly, we are neither focusing on inquiry into practices of artistic production based in or inspired by phenomenology nor on phenomenological theories of art.
Instead, we are focusing on research practices developed through the influence, combination or even hybridization of phenomenological and artistic approaches. We are convinced that in pushing this subject matter we are contributing to an original methodological development of both fields: phenomenology and artistic research.
The idea for this special issue emerged within the Research Pavilion #3 hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki in the framework of the Venice Biennale, 2019 (www.researchpavilion.fi). The Research Pavilion #3 was a catalyst of emerging co-operations in the field of artistic research and a generator of new thinking. This special issue is understood as a continuation of the work initiated by Through Phenomena Themselves, one of the research cells within the Pavilion. Through Phenomena Themselves was conceived to explore new possibilities of mutual transformation between artistic and phenomenological research practices. The Research Pavilion #3 is published on the Research Catalogue (https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/474888/474889), a specific platform for the publication of artistic research projects with more than 10.000 individual and institutional members.
We invite submissions from artistic researchers and phenomenologists that activate the concerns of this Special Issue, Practices of Phenomenological and Artistic Research.
Submissions. Text-based submissions are accepted as are submissions using different media (e.g. text, visual, moving image and audio). Media which can be embedded within a PDF or accessed through stable web-links (e.g. using rich-media online platforms such as the Research Catalogue) are preferred, though the editors will consider other submitted formats. Whilst there is no set word or page limit, contributors are invited to use their discretion alongside taking their “readers” into consideration. Expressions of interest and content inquiries can be discussed with the editors prior to full-length submissions, but are not required. To discuss potential submissions, please contact: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The initial review shortlist will be made by the Special Issue Editors, Alex Arteaga, Emma Cocker, Juha Himanka with Journal Editor Erika Goble. Shortlisted contributions will be sent for blind peer review.
Deadline for Expressions of Interest/ Content Inquiries: 1 December 2020
Deadline for full-length submissions: 1 February 2021
Notification of shortlisting: 1 April 2021
Anticipated publishing date: Spring 2022
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