Quotation Miklautz, Elfie. 2018. In defence of stupidity. In: Artistic Research Will Eat Itself, Hrsg. Geoff Cox, Hannah Drayson, Azadeh Fatehrad, Allister Gall, Laura Hopes, Anya Lewin, Andrew Prior, 357-365. Plymouth: ?




The aim of my contribution is a kind of paradoxical intervention. I want to challenge the process of gaining a reputation in art by underlining its intellectual potential and claiming its research-like properties. I can see by now that there is some reverse motion going on in that scientific studies have revealed the unpredictability and serendipity of research. And this, in its turn, is forcing us to change our view as to its teleological predictability. Nevertheless, artistic research seems be applying scientific methods to gain academic reputation and funding for research projects. Instead of preserving and protecting the specificities of artistic work – its unconscious, ineffable, non-teleological, unexpected character – artistic research forces itself into the bondage of scientific research practices. So the question is if there is any place left for the ineffable and idiosyncratic. What are the consequences of an increasing disciplining, evaluation, and control? It might be that the outcomes will lose their density and richness altogether, ending up more artificial than artistic. I therefore plea to rescue art by following William Kentridge who has pointed out the necessity of the studio as a safe space for stupidity where uncontrolled searching can take place.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title In defence of stupidity
Title of whole publication Artistic Research Will Eat Itself
Editor Geoff Cox, Hannah Drayson, Azadeh Fatehrad, Allister Gall, Laura Hopes, Anya Lewin, Andrew Prior
Page from 357
Page to 365
Location Plymouth
Publisher ?
Year 2018
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/512748/512749
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/512748/512749


Miklautz, Elfie (Details)
Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5414 Special sociology (Details)
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