Exposition

Rudimentariness: a concept for artistic research (2017)

Anik Fournier

About this exposition

This exhibition explores 'A Way of Making', an ongoing collaborative project in ceramics by curator Frédérique Bergholtz and performance artist Maria Pask. I propose that their investigation of making through ceramics – and, hence, through the hands-on encounter with the materiality of clay – is an intriguing instance of artistic research. Artistic research often refers to a discursive or scientific investigation that informs an artistic practice, or to an ongoing investigation within an existing practice. What interests me in this case is how the research is carried out in a parallel-site of investigation, one that is largely embodied. It is an empirical exploration of a medium and, as complete amateurs to the medium, an investigation of the various possibilities of ‘making’ with it. This form of artistic research aims to tackle the basics of what a curator and an artist are already busy with in their respective artistic professions. My own formative and professional trajectory has meandered through various institutions, including universities, museums, and art academies. I have therefore operated in the tenuous fault lines between different creative practices and forms of knowledge production. 'A Way of Making' is of interest to me precisely for how it calls for an analysis of the relation between different ways of creating and ways of knowing. In following the many facets of 'A Way of Making' over the past few years, I began to see parallels between the artists' investigation of the material of clay and questions that arise for me as a theoretician when working with an artistic practice or artwork. I became particularly interested in the attitude with which the makers approached their site of investigation. This attitude can be identified in many registers of their project, including the way in which performers and audiences are interpolated somatically by the ceramic pieces in various staged encounters. For this exposition, I adopted the concept of 'rudimentariness', as defined by Mireille Rosello in the field of comparative literature, to help define this attitude and to see how it can also operate in a largely non-discursive register. The exposition begins with the makers’ hands-on research, exploring how rudimentariness in making calls forth empirical forms of knowing. In particular, the notion of sensate thinking, as defined by Alexander G. Baumgarten, and theories addressing the intimate relation between the sense of touch and movement and modes of thought are key. The exposition then extends beyond Bergholtz and Pask's project to propose how the attitude of rudimentariness, underpinned by an understanding of sensate thinking and workings of touch, helps articulate what is at stake in the present for artistic research more generally and, specifically, within the growing importance placed on economies of learning in the (Dutch) education system. In creating this exposition, I attempted to follow the lines, curves, and cracks of 'A Way of Making' to investigate the feedback loops between the discursive and the non-discursive. I propose the not-yet of knowledge as a productive site for the emergence of new perspectives and critical standpoints, as well as the transformative effects of such emergent perspectives on existing habits, modes of making, and, ultimately, what is already known.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsrudimentariness, touch, sensate thinking, para-practice, movement, ceramics
date01/01/2016
published06/01/2017
last modified06/01/2017
statuspublished
affiliationBEAR (Base for Experiment, Art and Research), Arnhem NL
licenseAll rights reserved
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/261526/316604
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/jar.261526
published inJournal for Artistic Research
portal issue12.


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288867 SAM_3795 Maria Pask All rights reserved
288085 hands4 Maria Barlasov All rights reserved
288070 handclay2 Maria Barlasov All rights reserved
288069 hands_clay1 Maria Barlasov All rights reserved
288067 handsclay3 Maria Barlasov All rights reserved
288066 Yoga with dick Maria Barlasov All rights reserved
288065 seasidestuff Maria Barlasov All rights reserved
287897 Kiln Maria Pask All rights reserved
287896 Fish Maria Pask All rights reserved
287894 workshop_two Maria Barlasov All rights reserved
287893 workshop_making Maria Barlasov All rights reserved
287892 workshop_yoga Maria Barlasov All rights reserved
287891 A Way of Making_cobra Peter Tijhuis All rights reserved
287890 manequin_cobra Peter Tijhuis All rights reserved
287889 archive_cobra Peter Tijhuis All rights reserved
287888 details_cobra Peter Tijhuis All rights reserved
287887 installation_edb Taro Lucas All rights reserved
287886 data_edb Taro Lucas All rights reserved
287885 tables_edb Taro Lucas All rights reserved
287884 Archive_intro Sabo Day All rights reserved
287880 archive_hands Sabo Day All rights reserved
287878 strange patterns Sabo Day All rights reserved
287875 Archive_Pink Sabo Day All rights reserved
287874 shoesandfeet Sabo Day All rights reserved
287863 frederique_wip Maria Pask All rights reserved
287861 pigments_wip Frédérique Bergholtz All rights reserved
287860 rolling_wip Maria Pask All rights reserved
287859 Maria_wip Frédérique Bergholtz All rights reserved
287856 archive_rudimentariness Sabo Day All rights reserved
287261 film5 Maria Pask All rights reserved
285934 9 film still Maria Pask All rights reserved
285933 8 Film Still Maria Pask All rights reserved
285932 7 film still Maria Pask All rights reserved
285931 6b film Maria Pask All rights reserved
285930 film 6 Maria All rights reserved
285918 film1 Maria Pask All rights reserved
285917 film2 Maria Pask All rights reserved
285915 film3 Maria Pask All rights reserved
285914 film4 Maria Pask All rights reserved
285912 film5 Maria Pask All rights reserved
285652 Video installation Ellen de Bruijne Maria Pask All rights reserved
285651 fish clay Maria Pask All rights reserved
285650 building Kiln Maria Pask All rights reserved
274966 yogaonthebeach Maria Pask All rights reserved
274964 workingwithclay Maria Pask All rights reserved
274962 workingtogether Maria Pask All rights reserved
274952 pink vases Maria Pask All rights reserved
274945 simplepatterns Maria Pask All rights reserved
274937 discussing Maria Pask All rights reserved
274922 discussing Maria Pask All rights reserved
274921 01_shoesandfeet-2 Maria Pask All rights reserved
274920 Belliesandpatterns Maria Pask All rights reserved
274919 installationmethod Maria Pask All rights reserved
273405 Cobra_exhibitionview Maria Pask All rights reserved
273399 lowtablesslabspiping Maria Pask All rights reserved
273391 Manequin Maria Pask All rights reserved
273390 Lowtableswithpiping Maria Pask All rights reserved
273389 Installationviewwithvideo Maria Pask All rights reserved
273388 archiveondisplay Maria Pask All rights reserved
273372 videoanddisplaytable Maria Pask All rights reserved
273370 video_mobile Maria Pask All rights reserved
273369 twoaframetables Maria Pask All rights reserved
273368 archeodata Maria Pask All rights reserved
273362 videomobiletable Maria Pask All rights reserved
273332 pigments Maria Pask All rights reserved
273331 Mariaatwork Maria Pask All rights reserved
273328 handsatwork Maria Pask All rights reserved
273326 Frederiqueatwork Mara Pask All rights reserved
273324 colorful lines Maria Pask All rights reserved
273318 postersworkshop Maria Pask All rights reserved
273314 postersworkshop Maria Pask All rights reserved
271806 Installation Pask-Bergholtz_Cobra_PT_MG_6747 Cobra Museum All rights reserved
271804 Installation Pask-Bergholtz_Cobra_PT_MG_6822 Cobra Museum All rights reserved
271802 Installation Pask-Bergholtz_Cobra_PT_MG_6813 Cobra Museum All rights reserved
271800 Installation Pask-Bergholtz_Cobra_PT_MG_6801 Cobra Museum All rights reserved
271799 A Way of Making_Installaion2.jpg Cobra Museum All rights reserved
271798 A Way of Making foto 1.jpg Cobra Museum All rights reserved

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