The virtual and the physical : a phenomenological approach to performance research

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Artistic research
Title The virtual and the physical : a phenomenological approach to performance research
Author(s) Kozel, Susan
Date 2012
Editor(s) Biggs, Michael; Karlsson, Henrik
English abstract
Artistic research is a convergence of materialities; sometimes a clash, other times a smooth flow, occasionally it is as if different rhythms play in counterpoint pulling the researcher in different directions. In contrast to many of the contributions to this anthology on artistic research this chapter takes a kinaesthetic rather than a visual approach, addressing the convergence between the virtual and the physical in research in dance and movement improvisation. When working across bodies and digital technologies not only is the concept of knowledge restructured but, of necessity, our modes of perception and notions of materiality also shift. Further, the methodologies used need to be chosen in a way that is faithful to the research, and the voice and output may defy convention. This area of artistic research offers distinct challenges but is increasingly compelling as digital technologies become ever more ubiquitous, from tiny chips inserted in common objects to vast and interconnected networked applications impacting how we communicate, create and socialise. Perhaps the most contentious claim in this chapter is that research is a form of performance, but this is a by-product of the primary focus which is an application of phenomenological method to performance with technologies revealing an alternate construction of knowledge. What emerges is a reciprocity between models of knowledge and research practices: the practices point to different models of knowledge, and the models offer up refinements of the practice.
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Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue The Routledge companion to research in the arts
ISBN 978-0-415-58169-1
Pages 204-222
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) artistic research
digital technologies
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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