Incidental moments, happenchance, and the role of the anecdote within artistic research

Hughes, Dean (2016) Incidental moments, happenchance, and the role of the anecdote within artistic research. In: International Conference on Artistic Research 2016, 28th - 29th April 2016, The Hague, Netherlands.

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How is an artistic practice re-presented through speech and conversation? What role does this mode of articulation impart on the artistic research process? How might insights discovered through this method help to re-write artistic research? Artists can have a problematic relationship to written words when used to describe artistic methods and contexts. The writerly strategies employed by the humanities scholar can appear remote and lacking an immediacy that a visual language might covet. Furthermore the immediacy of content within the artistic project, which American writer Donald Barthelme aptly describes as akin to the strike of a match, can be both thin, and quick to dissipate. At its most protracted written accounts of artistic research appear caught in an endless mise-en-abyme of inaccurate attempts at equivalence and reflection. This situation occludes what writing can offer the visual artwork and thwarts the potentially transformative power of the written and re-staged artistic work. This paper would like to contribute the idea that incidental and anecdotal accounts of an artistic practice can provide valuable insights into how artistic research can be thought about and progressed. In describing and writing about incidental and happenchance moments within creative work I hope to present a more sympathetic vernacular than what is often employed in delineating artistic research. One of the issues of writing from within an artistic practice is that creating and encountering meaning, at least for artists, is often dissipated and decentered. The artistic activity always somehow falls outside of the perceptual focus that writing engenders within a research process. The aim of this short paper and presentation is to show a more artistic research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: W800 Imaginative Writing
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2019 13:43
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 15:18

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