thinking aesthetic thinking
through aesthetic research practices
Alex Arteaga | Emma Cocker | Nicole Wendel | Sabine Zahn
Initiated by Alex Arteaga
PRESENTATION OF PROJECT as part of Aesthetik und Erkenntnis (Aesthetics and Knowledge), July 13th to 15th, 2021, XI. Congress of the German Society for Aesthetics, Zurich University of the Arts (ONLINE).
This project focuses on ways in which aesthetic research practices realize a specific form of thinking: aesthetic thinking. The aim of this project in the framework of this conference is to explore the following working hypotheses through aesthetic research practices as a foundation for different forms of reflection and dialogue between philosophical aesthetics and aesthetic research.
Firstly, aesthetic research practices systematize forms of preeminently sensorimotor and emotional action, which are neither target-oriented nor will-based.
Secondly, aesthetic action enables and intensifies immediate and unmediated interactions between researchers and the inquired issues, co-constituting a field of nonhierarchical, shared agencies.
Thirdly, aesthetic interaction conditions the ongoing processes of sense-making between researchers and the inquired issues with the agency of destabilizing the habitualized forms and meanings with which these issues appear.
Fourthly, on this basis, aesthetic thinking allows for disclosing new intelligibilities for the researched issues, that is, it enables the potentialities of radically new understandings to arise.
The four researchers activate their aesthetic practices, with aesthetic thinking as the object of inquiry for these various research practices. The performed practices are not presented as illustrative examples but rather as aesthetic thinking in action — as ongoing processes of research through aesthetic practices, as an emerging ecology of aesthetic research practices.