Car|go|graphy artistic research

The strategy of artistic research is composed of different approaches and is, above all, an unconventional approach to problems deriving from actual societal challenges. It is a strategy, which overcomes the indoctrinated categorical imperative of a professionally restricted orthodoxy that corresponds to the actor as a researching artist.

Transfer of social, cultural and political knowledge through art

Most importantly, one has to mention the function of art in knowledge transmission. Art allows for a non-didactical, non-frontal confrontation with content and opens an affective channel that can be understood nonverbally and transnationally.[1]

By means of a personal confrontation of the artist with the subject, art powerfully presents a new strategy for a better understanding of social and political phenomena and presents a possibility to process them by personally relating with the matter at hand. What is lurking here is the consideration that all refurbishing through classical representations of power and knowledge transfer remain poor and superficial, as long as they fail to include the relations of agents – human beings and human associations – with their own subjectively predetermined projections of their status in society.

This means that artistic research and the resulting knowledge transfer through art enriches the possibilities of transmission. It is a channel to better understand the circumstances by which knowledge, especially historical knowledge shaped by centuries of historically determined power relations, can be communicated.

The category of the artistic is opposed to the classical – epic – boundary of didactical-frontal knowledge transmission. The method of a holistic subjective presentation of the artist produces another means of communication, or research, and a new way of transmission from one human being to the other.

If we relate conceptions of “understanding” to art as the bearer of a visual image of history, then we can also adapt it in a socio-historical sense for it creates communication, a principle of selection of content and meaning written between the lines, that goes beyond what has been deemed worth mentioning.[2]

Power-political phenomena of suppression took place historically and still impinge upon us today. The strategy of connecting art with understanding aims at reworking what was displaced or suppressed and enables us to look outside the box of what is presented by the mere facilitation of content.

To fully understand global connections it is always necessary to also examine ones subjective self-perception. Society is connoted, positively as well as negatively. It is thus influenced by local circumstances and social packages, but at the same time provides the possibility to exercise criticism discursively, to scrutinize traditions and to illuminate circumstances.

The aim of this connection is to show co-evolutionary approaches of transmission and practical implementation. Addressing the areas of art, media, research, politics and education, we leave behind already finished processes and actively search for, find and walk new paths of knowledge transfer.

The goal of this artistic as well as investigative process is a double visualization: firstly, the illumination of the field itself and secondly, the audio-visual realization and implementation of the results on a website. This website locates actors as well as autocards on a world map and presents appropriate stories and individual viewpoints on the topic, facilitating thereby communication with interested agents from the realm of the media, politics, and civil society. In so doing, we emphasize the transnational or respective international dimension and render multiple global connections more tangible. This way, we intend to leave behind traditional paths of medial processing of content in order to carry out an interactive navigable interleave of audio-visual elements with text.