Troubling Research

Troubling Research

Performing Knowledge in the Arts

Edited by Carola Dertnig, Diedrich Diederichsen, Tom Holert, Johannes Porsch, Johanna Schaffer, Stefanie Seibold and Axel Stockburger

Distributed for Sternberg Press

Paperback $28.00 T

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In 2010/11, a group of Vienna-based art practitioners (artists, art historians, and cultural theorists) embarked on a journey of experimental research, exploring the genealogical and political implications of the ways in which research rhetorics and policies are currently incorporated into the fields of contemporary art and art education. Troubling Research: Performing Knowledge in the Arts, a collection of “books” of essays and conversations, is the quirky and exhilarating outcome of this collaborative endeavor to render a “problematization” by interrogating the very conditions of the current upsurge of the art/research articulation.

Michel Foucault once introduced problematization as a “specific work of thought” that transforms “a group of obstacles and difficulties into problems to which diverse solutions will attempt to produce a response.” For this project, the obstacles and difficulties in question were the terms “art” and “research” and their peculiar conjunction as “artistic” or “arts-based research.” As a result of this process, the understanding of individual artistic/theoretical practices was tested. Working both independently and as a collaborative entity, the group found itself negotiating and contesting each participant's claim to knowledge in the context of art. The eventual responses to the problem of research proved to be both performative and troubling.

Paperback

$28.00 T ISBN: 9783956790201 480 pp. | 6 in x 8 in 92 color illus., 113 b&w illus.

Not for sale in Europe or the UK.

Editors

Carola Dertnig

Diedrich Diederichsen

Tom Holert

Tom Holert is an art historian, independent scholar, and critic who has published widely in magazines including Artforum and Bookforum.

Johannes Porsch

Johanna Schaffer

Stefanie Seibold

Axel Stockburger