Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience (First Compilation) (2017)

Meghan Moe Beitiks

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'Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience' is a creative exploration of observation and entanglement as tools for negotiating pain. Research on ecology, restoration, and psychology creates a series of videos, images, and performances. How do personal networks of resilience overcome systems of pain, both in human perspectives, and in ecologies? The project explores commonalities in the context of divisive cultural politics. Artist Meghan Moe Beitiks begins her research with personal interviews. She discusses processes of recovery with people with both personal and professional experiences of trauma and recovery, including an ecological restoration specialist, an animal behaviourist, several survivors of abusive relationships, and many others. Clips from the interviews become the basis for visual and material explorations, generating videos, installations, and images. Stigma and prejudice emerge as barriers to healing – acceptance, observation, and listening, as common tools to accelerate it. This compilation takes components of Beitiks’s research and arranges them within their own system of exploration. Observers’ perceptions of the work are both assisted and disrupted by audio descriptions. Originally intended to make the works accessible to non-sighted audiences, the descriptions also serve as an exploration of observation and objectivity. A seemingly unrelated pine wallpaper appears to have been unfairly categorised as “masculine,” prompting further questions about categorisation and labelling, as well as depictions of nature. Beitiks’s presence and movement in the work is described as androgynous, their body taking on the narratives described in the interview clips. Boundaries between various disciplines and narratives disappear—we instead experience the labour of connecting disparate entities, despite the limits of our own perceptions.
typeresearch exposition
keywordstrauma, recovery, resilience, systems, networks, pain, ecology, sustainability, performance, video, interviews, Meghan Moe Beitiks
last modified10/12/2017
published inJournal for Artistic Research
portal issue14.
external linkwww.meghanmoebeitiks.com

JAR portal comments: 1
Emma Meehan 15/12/2017 at 11:48

The exposition explores health and resilience in relation to ecology and arts practice. The exposition as a tool to evoke experiences in the viewer is used; I felt disoriented and disconnected which was then reflected in the quotations and interviews. The longer videos were very interesting and gave a moment where as a reader I could focus for a period of time on the juxtapositions. I am curious about the context – how might the cultural context the author is working in affect the practice, language used, outcomes, and inclusivity for different viewers/listeners?

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