(My answers to questions asked by collegues, published as a part of a poster which announced the Public Colloqium 2, 2018)
Q: How You distinguish Your work made in artistic research from work as artist?
A: I personally do not distinguish, as whatever I do is inseparable of research generally. If you have tendency to analyse and to search for answers in order to understand whatever makes you curious you end up doing research. Artistic research might be understood as a research in which artistic tools and methods are developed to bring us closer to the answers and new questions. It is a digressive and recursive journey, where one question opens myriads of paths to follow and their intersections become clues that bring us closer to what previously was unknown. Parallel to that, the result or even a goal of artistic research might be an artwork. As I am more excited about this process that precedes the results, I am either unconcerned whether my research will become an artwork, or my artwork is the process itself. Either way, I am more curious why is this demand to distinguish between the two so strong? And could artistic research be performed by a non artist?
Q: Does the artistic research make your artwork better?
A: You see, we take this differentiation for granted. I am forced to distinguish. So, yes. My artwork is better because artistic research opens a parallel layer next to the main field of research from which I can observe and understand art as well as my relation to it. So while I am doing a research on traveling and tourism I actually research what photography is, should or could be, and the meaning of written word in relation to images that I can not work without. It is my favourite aspect of artistic research, it becomes a tool for reflecting tools and methods that I would otherwise use only intuitively.
Q: Do you think your research could help other artists or researchers? If yes, in what ways?
A: Within our group we’ve been given a chance
to witness, follow and comment on creative processes of others. I see this transparency as a great possibility to better our own practices. At the same time, our annual presentations of unfinished projects are open for wider audience. We freeze the current states of our research and expose ourselves in our fragile positions. We are confronted with questions that we have no answers for, yet. And the audience is confronted with the undone, unpolished, unsure… This exchange brings certain level of demystification that is rare but needed, especially in the art world. On the other hand, if I talk only about my particular research within this program, it would be one of my main goals - to make it accessible and useful for any artist or researcher interested in the issues I have touched on my way. A big and important part of artistic research performed within the academia is exactly questioning and shaking existing structures, by searching and inventing new formats of dissemination of its insights.
(Transcript of the introduction to the presentation at Public Colloquium 1, PhD in Artistic Research, May 2017)
- The video was played, without any specific introduction.
(Transcript of the Q&A session after the presentation at Public Colloquioum 2, PhD in Artistic Research, May 2017)
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