Conversation-as-Material 

 

This exposition is Part 2 of an article published in the Special Issue 'Practices of Phenomenological and Artistic Research', Phenomenology and Practice, [Vol. 16, No.1, Summer 2022]. Part 1 is accessed here.


Conversation-as-material is a language-based artistic research practice for attempting to speak from within the experience of collaborative artistic exploration, a linguistic practice attentive to the live and lived experience of aesthetic co-creation. Comprising a quadriparite process of conversation, transcription, distillation and presentation, the practice of conversation-as-material has developed over the last decade within a series of collaborations including (1) Re– (Emma Cocker with Rachel Lois Clapham, 2009–2012), (2) The Italic I (Emma Cocker with Clare Thornton, 2012–2018) and (3) Choreographic Figures: Deviations from the Line (Emma Cocker with Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil, 2014–2019). This research catalogue exposition attempts to show aspects of the quadripartite process of conversation-as-material for each of the named collaborations listed above, revealing how conversation transcript material becomes gradually distilled towards poetic text, alongside considering how the format of textual presentation (the matter of how the text operates visually, graphically, temporally, relationally, performatively) may be understood as integral to how each text is read.


 


 

LINKS TO THE PRACTICE

 

(1) Re– 

(with Rachel Lois Clapham, 20092012)


(2) The Italic I 

(with Clare Thornton, 20122018)


(3) Choreographic Figures

(with Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil, 20142019) 



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