Methods in Artistic Research, a seminar for artistic researchers to discuss their methods
Antwerp, 5-6 February 2020
I am a performance artist, teacher, and researcher. My research has been theorizing and developing an artistic research method: Essaying art (2018). The dissemination forms were essaying in an online space and essaying in a performative space. I twas teaching this method at the Master Artistic Research, University Of Amsterdam, here the students shared unfinished research in both spaces, the form of communication was a key focus point. During the course of these classes, I came to realize the importance of the publicness, specifically in the performative space. The communication form could only truly take shape when something was at stake, when you have an audience watching and listening. But at the same time, I realized the fragility of the public space, sharing thoughts and experiences to an unknown audience. The safety of a community and the risk of publicness would perhaps provide the perfect combination for sharing artistic research.
Now, teaching the Master Education in Arts at Fontys University of Performing Arts Tilburg (NL), I wanted to bring the publicness and research community together. I started to apply a model of slowly expanding a community from a known/familiar environment to an unknown/unfamiliar environment. Starting from your own context and slowly expanding the reach inviting others. Then you build up both a research community and a public (as potential new members to the community). Two components are essential: choosing your communication form and feeding back. It is not just sending out information that creates a fruitful community, but also taking in and giving back, a continuous cycle.
In this lecture performance, I lay out the groundwork for the expansion model departing from the theoretical background and the educational context and building up to the necessities and potential problems in deploying the model.