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Embodied vulnerabilities : responding to violent encounters through installation practices

By Rachael Anne Haynes


This practice-led research was initiated in response to a series of violent encounters that occurred between my fragile installations and viewers. The central focus of this study was to recuperate my installation practice in the wake of such events. This led to the development of a ‘responsive practice’ methodology, which reframed the installation process through an ethical lens developed from Emmanuel Levinas’ ethical phenomenology. The central propositions of this research are the reconceptualisation of ‘violent encounters’ in terms of difference whereby I accept viewers responses, even those which are violent, destructive or damaging, and secondly that the process operates as a generative excess for practice through which recuperative strategies can be found and implemented. By re-examining this process as it unfolded in the three phases of the practical component, I developed strategies whereby violated, destroyed or damaged works could be recuperated through the processes of reconfiguration, reparation and regeneration. Therefore my installations embody and articulate vulnerability but also demonstrate resilience and renewal

Topics: installation, ephemeral artworks, destruction and art, paper art, ethical response , responsive practice Eva Hesse , Emmanuel Levinas, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sarah Sze
Publisher: Queensland University of Technology
Year: 2009
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