PARALLEL SESSION / experimental research on space, art and politics
EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH ON SPACE, ART AND POLITICS
Researcher Erika Lilja (University of Turku)
erika.lilja [a] utu.fi
Over a last decade we have witnessed the rise of new and experimental ways of thinking space politically and politics spatially. Various understandings of politics and the political have denoted different links also between art and politics. When politics is thought through its relationships to space and art, the political can be understood as something more than the mere presence of power relations and negotiations of interests. This session aims at discussing openly the different conceptualizations of politics, the political, power, arts and space in and across the fields of contemporary art, social sciences and humanities. Therefore it seeks to elaborate questions such as, how political subjectivity, politics and the political are and could be framed when they are thought in relationship to space, what are the different ways in which politics is being related to aesthetics, and how space or art is understood pertinent to politics?
This session is also interest in the different ways of doing experimental scientific or artistic research, and it wants to explore: How is research understood as an experimental thinking and doing? If methodological limits are opened up in experimental research, in what ways is this done? Are there any interfaces to be explored in the thinking and doing of artistic research and experimental scientific research? In this session it is also asked, what it means if scientific and artistic practices of thinking and doing research are viewed as productive ontological interventions?
Artists and researchers interested in exploring presented or related questions are welcomed for this session.
20th–21st May 2011
University of Turku, Finland