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Artistic Research Will Eat Itself: Proceedings of International Conference

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  • Geoff Cox (Editor)
  • Anya Lewin, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Andrew Prior, University of Plymouth
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  • Laura Hopes, Plymouth University, United Kingdom
  • Hannah Drayson, Plymouth University, United Kingdom
  • Azadeh Fatehrad, Kingston University, United Kingdom
  • Alistair Gall, Plymouth University, United Kingdom
Between April 11th and April 13th 2018 two-hundred delegates gathered at the University of Plymouth for the 9th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research This document collects their contributions to the conference in response to the following call:
The provocation Artistic Research Will Eat Itself can be understood as a warning against the dangers of methodological introspection, or as a playful invitation to explore the possibilities of a field in a constant state of becoming. In this context, the ‘cannibalism’ of artistic research ‘eating itself’ embodies a dynamic tension between self-destruction and regeneration.If artistic research eats itself, digests itself and then releases its own waste, does it stink and linger, fertilise new growth or invade new destinations on the bottom of someone’s shoe? If we are to constantly defend and define, are we in danger of having no art left, only the claims for its ability to embody knowledge? When we bite off our own heads do we grow new tails?
Critical perspectives on the discourse surrounding artistic research might be argued to already be too formulaic or self-defeating. Making a case for its own institutional legitimacy could unwittingly reinforce some of the very things artistic research aims to critique. Yet such onto-epistemological paradoxes can offer a rich territory for exploration along with generative practices that involve reflexivity, automorphogenesis, and recursive feedback loops. In recognising auto-cannibalism as an analogy for broader socio-political and environmental concerns, one of the challenges for artistic research is to respond imaginatively to the dynamic tensions between self-destruction and regeneration. [...]
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2018
PublisherResearch Catalogue - Society for Artsistic Research
Number of pages448
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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