Blurring the Format | A Discussion
In research publications, more often than not media production — be it audiovisual or any other form of artistic practice that isn’t writing—is still seen as somehow inferior; mere support material. A figure that accompanies the text, the main act, and that would fail to be considered as a form of research itself. Producing, distributing and consuming media is not about illustrating previously existing research or knowledge, but about doing things: working with media is actively doing research. In this sense, we should try and facilitate both tools and means for practitioners of this practice-based research, currently not or at least underrepresented in the publishing industries. To put it concisely: what is the role of publishing within practice-based research?
Expanded publishing, or expanded outputs as we define it, is the research lens that tries to solve this question by going beyond both traditional and artistic publishing practices. What is interesting to us is being able to look at ‘non-publishing’ practices, as publishing within the arts is usually something that follows at the end of a process—or not at all—, being usually something site-specific that circulates through live events and experiences in an attempt to keep what Benjamin would call the ‘artistic aura’ intact. However, there is a need to add some publishing elements already throughout the whole artistic process, especially when it comes to the new field of (artistic) research where traditional publishing and artistic publishing meet.
With THE VOID (a new research project set up by INC), over the past year, there has been tons of research and experimentation with audio-visual production and distribution. To do so, THE VOID team decided to approach the topic by starting the production of their own content, in collaboration with artists. Now, after the first year of experimentation, we are trying to collect different ideas and questions that arose during this time of research. To properly set up a research agenda, we believe it’s crucial to engage in conversations with other artists, researchers, and experts from within the field.
In setting up this event, THE VOID aims to gather and discuss the role of expanded publishing and its possible trajectories. The program will consist of two parts. First, we begin with the presentation of the multimedia research done by the artist collective timeis.capital, which is creating a repository for self-organized initiatives in the art world through different multimedia means such as video, audio and 3D footage. This presentation will be the starting point for a broader discussion on the role of publishing and archiving for practice-based research. How can publishing be expanded to non-text-based output as well? What does it mean open source publishing audiovisual projects? How can artistic researchers share transparent workflows without diminishing their labor? How we can make the language of practice-based research more understandable? How do we make a wide variety of conversations happen in audio-visual language? We would like to discuss these and many other topics together with a group of experts from various fields such as art research, education, publishing, archiving, and (new) media industries.
Presentation + Exhibition: Timeis.capital
Moderation: Patricia De Vries
Debate participants: Carlo de Gaetano (Visual Methodologies Collective), Mariana Fernandez (ARIAS), Roman Tkachenko and Iskra Vukšić (timeis.capital), Pien Visser (Freelancer at a.o IDFA DocLab), Tommaso Campagna and Jordi Viader Guerrero (THE VOID), Malin Dittmann (Archive Sites). More participants will be announced shortly.
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7th February 2023
4:00 PM — 6:30 PM
Gerrit Rietveld Academie