The aim of this PhD is to provide an artistic research about unknown territories; pristine, fictitious, distant and immeasurable fields; to find clues or directions to reach them and to make use of the gained knowledge (Erkenntnis) for art practices.
It presents diversified approaches to questions as follows: which are the next boundaries of Art? What are the most advanced methods to move in an unknown field? How long-range observations provide closer approaches? How may advancements in perception inflect new imageries? What is the role of fiction in the development of a future? These main questions may elicit the paradigms of artistic research, once they directly relate with the production of new knowledge throughout artistic conceptualization. These questions invite to a reflection upon the future and how fiction may be introduced to scientific knowledge, in order to maintain an open perception of reality.
Therefore, fFor this analysis, I will focus on the introduction of methodologies - sometimes external to the field of art – such as military and astronomic observations of its surroundings. The military area is pointed out here by its cutting edge approach concerning surveillance, by making the invisible visible and vice-versa, through camouflage and landscape reconnaissance. The astronomic field is also brought to this research by its unstable nature, collapsing time and space, that is, studying data from the past until the present, with the aim to uncover a possible future. The materials used for their observations such as lens, absorbing and reflective surfaces, evoke an imagery (either by literature, music, comics and cinema) related to science-fiction, but they are, nonetheless, the most effective equipment for the observation of far away objects…
Both areas promote incursions into the unknown, throughout practices, techniques and tools that frequently combine two crucial factors: inertia and speed. It is departing from these main concepts that I raise questions around new aesthetics of the future, analyzing military and astronomic techniques used to disrupt or improve perception, and how these have been intercepting with art as a visionary mean. In this sense, I wish to contribute for a broadening conception of the unknown.
Therefore, this project is a gathering of information from different sources of knowledge, a study on space and time, a relocation of imageries – making (thinking and doing) – aesthetics. It is also a key for an artistic discourse capable to dialogue without constraints, combining conceptual objections with experimental practice, applied in diversified fields.
This webpage content is part of a PhD, which has been conducted as a practice-as-research based project, resulting in the submission of four artefacts, alongside by its questionings and insights.
These artefacts attempt to trigger a constellation of terminologies helpful for the actualization - folding past and future into the most emergent actuality - of artistic research. The terms are displayed taking a study on the qualities of the green ray effect, which functions as an open resource, once they can't be classified within a specific field.