Taumel (Dizziness in German) arises locally and is situational, combining various elements. It can clear, cause a great stir, move heaven and earth: it destabilises. Dizziness, according to Plato, is creating the constitution of all philosophical thought by destabilising the basis of knowledge to a state of uncertainty. When we fall into Dizziness, we do so gradually, increasingly losing our ability to exercise control. Whether frightening or enjoyable, by falling into Dizziness we enter a state of heightened vulnerability, unsure of our abilities, perceptions, and processing – uncertain of ourselves. For the project Navigating Dizziness Together, visual artists and artist-researchers Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond will study the phenomenon of Dizziness regarding strategies for navigation in social and physical contexts.
As this artistic research constitutes an artist’s novel, the creative strategy consists of two processes: the on-going arts-based, philosophical and scientific research, and the development of the visual and written narrative, synchronising both threads in the format of an artist’s novel. This innovative format does not only involve a written narration of the research process and findings, but includes other fields of the arts, such as films, performances, and public encounters. In this way, the project aims to uncover criteria and strategies that facilitate navigating Dizziness. The published book format defines its outcome and will present the project’s process and findings in a way that combines the perspectives of the disciplines and citizen scientists.
Together with co-operational partners Christian Hoffelner (artist, designer, lecturer, Department of Visual Communication, University of Art and Design, Linz), Anna Kim (writer, lecturer, Institute of the Art of Language and the Institute of Site-Specific Art University of Applied Arts Vienna), Marcus Steinweg (philosopher, professor for Art and Theory, State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe) and PhD candidate Laura Brechmann (performance artist, scenic researcher, University of Applied Arts, Vienna) the team will carry out detailed research on the possibilities and impossibilities of Navigating Dizziness Together. On specific questions and challenges, expert consultants from the fields of architectural theory, political science, cultural science, visual and environmental studies, medical research and therapy will provide support for a holistic and cross-disciplinary reading of the topic.
This process-oriented working symposium discusses ways of localizing, recognizing, approaching, and countering dizziness on different scales and disciplines – from the somatic and the built environment to interspecies and post-colonial contexts. Through the prism of art, architecture, philosophy, somatics, post-colonial theory, and remembrance cultures, we aim to find ways to uncover the layers of physical, social, and architectural dizziness in historical, political, social, fictional, present, and future contexts.
The publication Envelope offers insights into ongoing PhD projects by candidates in the PhD programme PhD in Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in an innovative format. The major thrust of “Envelope” presents content supplied by doctoral researchers based on their individual artistic research and provides insights into ongoing work processes. These visual and textual traces reveal the state of the Art within its ongoing research processes. This open format seeks to reflect on experiences through exchange, as well as document relevant developments in the field of art and research.
Margit Busch: A garden for a fish (Supervisor: Virgil Widrich)
Andrew Champlin: Technique Concerns: Ballet Practice Against the Western Archive (Supervisors: Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond)
George Demir: Ancestral Junctures: on the expansion of ancestral mythologies (Supervisor: Hans Schabus)
Cristiana de Marchi: Casting a shadow. On disappearance, emptiness and the haunting power of absence (Supervisor: Judith Eisler)
Jošt Franko: The Migrating Image (Supervisor: Gerhild Steinbuch)
Barbara Graf: Stitches and Sutures (Supervisor: Barbara Putz-Plecko)
Joseph Leung: Post-digital Angst – An Arts-Based Research on the Manifestations of Angst in the Digital Milieu (Supervisor: Gabriele Rothemann)
Conny Zenk: RAD Performance – Driving Voices of Resistance (Supervisor: Ruth Schnell)
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