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Research in Doubt; Meditated Redescriptions

By Bart Geerts


The chapter explores the relation between the artistic and discursive component in artistic research. Starting from a suggestion made by James Elkins to consider the possibility of a written dissertation that asks to be understood as fiction, different fictional writing strategies are explored to see how they can be dialectically related to an artistic practice. The ever-questioning attitude of the ironist, as he was portrayed by Richard Rorty in Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity, takes up a central role in that discussion. Irony brings a layer of meta-representation and meta-reflection into the research process. It therefore allows the artistic researcher to question in a productive way his/her own work, and the notion of artistic research as such. A dialectical model is proposed in which work and text act as mediated redescriptions offering the floor to different (fictional) voices that might become starting points for more detailed questions, for more specific insights, and for alternative redescriptions of the research questions at stake.status: publishe

Topics: artistic research, redescription, mediation, irony
Publisher: Lisbon
Year: 2015
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Provided by: Lirias
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