transdisciplinary

Transdisciplinary means not quite ever fitting into the correct discipline, never being entirely at home and always searching for the best way to approach the problem of presenting art outside accepted parameters. It is also always about trying to understand, and use, the practices and structures of other disciplines to inform the making of art, whether through the addition of social practices, anthropology, cultural theory, history or philosophy. Transdisciplinary practice understands the performative nature of art, its context, reception and recuperation. It is never entirely sure of its ground, with the one exception that it accepts at all times that the bedrock on which art takes place is always shifting.

As an artist, performance matters are paramount when making artistic interventions, especially when that matter dissolves and exposes the mechanics or efficacy of performance. There is the heightened anxiety, an urgency required in attempting to recapture the ground of ‘performance’ or ‘art’ from its ubiquitous, unreflexive use. Here then, there is real use in disvaluing and exposing the disfunctionality of contemporary artistic production – to literally measure – the rhetorical claims of artistic freedom and experimentation and to take care of what matters in cultural production; by asking – what is being said – and perhaps more significantly, questioning how, when and by whom culture is being made and re-presented.

Performance Sociology    CGTV   LaughingArt   UBRC    Tram Foundation

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