Head of Department Florian Schneider and Associate Professor Michelle Teran will present at the Artistic Research Will Eat Itself conference in Plymouth.
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.
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.
In his keynote lecture, Florian Schneider will suggest a series of working points for artistic researchers in new divisions of academic labor.
Michelle Teran, together with Frans Jacobi (KMD, Bergen) will lead "perception crisis machine conglomerate”, a workshop which explores the machinic methods of the ongoing artistic research SYNSMASKINEN. (http://www.synsmaskinen.net/)