Exposition

An Obstract for Midpointness (2018)

Andrew Bracey, Steve Dutton

About this exposition

Our aim here is to both provide a response to the Conference ‘Please Specify!’ and to find an alternate way of ensuring that the intrinsic generative nature of research and art is kept active, akin to the mobius strip-like path of both conclusions, and openings. “Midpointness” is a generative project. It is dismantled and reconstructed through the gradual accretion of surrounding connections, associations and influences of the curators, artists, students and other audiences who contribute to it. These are in the form of artworks, public events, texts, artefacts, performances or other interventions. 'An Obstract for Midpointness' (Obstract)is a piece of artistic research constructed before, during and after, "PLEASE SPECIFY!", The SAR Annual Conference 2017. 'Obstract' is as an element of the ongoing project “Midpointness” that seeks to invite us to consider the ‘work’ of art as art’s labour or task. We seek to explore the dynamics of inner/outer dialogues of the process of artistic work, opening up other potentials that an artist researcher might hope for when he/she explores the generative potential of the work of artistic research directly within and in response to a conference about artistic research. At the centre is spoken text that is a play on the tradition of the conference ‘abstract.’ The abstract is the site of an outline of intention, yet here we couple it with an ‘obstruction’ as a means of aggravating and diverting the attempt at a conclusion towards which an abstract, and indeed a formal presentation, might be aimed. “Obstract” suggests, by a process of intervention that the ‘centre’ (the work and/or the text) and its surrounding universe are completely indivisible. As such the principle of ‘footnotes’ filter through to the whole spoken text; the footnotes being analogous to the surrounding constellations within which the ‘centre’ of the work sits, swapping footnotes for centre and vice versa. The footnotes refer to points both real and imagined in the past, present and future.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsart, artistic research, conference, abstract, midpointness, text, voice, footnotes, generative, constellations, artist as curator, Curatorial Studies, collaboration, collaborative processes
date12/05/2017
published29/08/2018
last modified29/08/2018
statuspublished
share statusprivate
licenseAll rights reserved
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/361957/361958
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/ruu.361957
published inRUUKKU - Studies in Artistic Research
portal issue8.


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364290 clapping Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton All rights reserved
364896 full stop move Andrew Bracey Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365032 Subterranean gym Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365050 Embracey Failure Andrew Bracey Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365052 Embracey Failure Andrew Bracey Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365339 Night sky Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365348 Wheel of death Andrew Bracey Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365452 wheel of death Andrew Bracey Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365453 wheel of death Andrew Bracey Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365514 wheel of death Andrew Bracey Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365515 wheel of death Andrew Bracey Steve Dutton All rights reserved
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365561 SAR Iteration number 3. Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365566 Day two Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365569 SAR Iteration Rachel 4. Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365573 ClapClap Clap_ Andrew Bracey and Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365583 The Flickering Institution Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365587 The work is a score performed in the mind ghostly friend Steve Dutton All rights reserved
365596 Reconfigure Painting (William Buss) Andrew Bracey All rights reserved
365603 Aphantasia (Velázquez) - in progress Andrew Bracey All rights reserved
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RUUKKU portal comments: 1
anonymous 08/10/2018 at 12:53

The theme of Conditions of Sharing has been delivered in an inspiring and innovative fashion. The constellation of fragments (1-12) across the exposition provides a playful sharing space, which is unique and thought provoking.

 

The space of becoming that has been created in this contribution is one of the most important parts. The experimentation with linguistic intervention, full stops, footnotes and anecdotes in visuals and voice-overs is inspiring. The idea of consultation, whether through different working methods, communities (artists, curators) or mediums (texts, slideshows, voiceovers) has also been well demonstrated.

 

I would re-think the role of artistic practice a little, as presently, it is more of an artistic reflection or perhaps experimentation rather than an artistic research outcome. The method is innovative but the context could be more theoretically pronounced. For instance, the section marked * makes brief reference to Rancière and Mersch, but this could be expanded on much more.

Practice-based research or research-orientated outcomes need to have a strong theoretical stand; it is not sufficient to simply explore through artistic experimentation. This is happening in the second part of the submission but the first part needs to be enhanced and the connection made I think. The research needs to be more contextualised in terms of social, artistic and/or theoretical issues. That would provide the exposition with an excellent level of artistic research, which is lacking at present.

 

The exposition would be an inspiring contribution to the Conditions of Sharing issue. It strongly refers to the contemporary notion of ‘becoming’ in contemporary artistic practice through its presentation, experimentation and innovative method. Having said that, it requires additional theoretical context for it to be contextualised as an artistic research piece.

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