Submitting a Proposal for a Submission

The Research Catalogue is a wonderful storehouse of ideas about, reflections upon, documentation of and discussion around arts based research. These documentations are called expositions. We have developed several expositions for internal use and have even submitted some work from here. The Research Catalogue is pro-actively open to any and all ways of exploring arts based research and encourages new uses of the very open interface. While this can be frustrating at times, as the relative freedom to create freely means that there are too many options with the Blank Page Effect coming into play, it is also quite open and, given time, fun to explore. We are beginning to understand what expositionality might mean.

We have some principles in our workshops. And a clear agenda. Rules, whether long term or just for a few hours, are powerful ways to channel effort, but also an invitation to push them a bit. (Workshop in Malta, European Capital of Culture, 2018)

With our exploration of possible and preferable futures, ocean systems, economics, migration, transport and many other issues, we found ourselves resonating with the “Of Rules and Alternatives” call from the VIS portal. As we move into the future, the way things are done, the formal and informal rules, will change. Some of them will be broken and will be re-created in an adapted form, other rules such as covid safe activities are emerging as we write. We maintain, however, a coherence with the idea that the laws of physics make certain things impossible: we have a rule in futuring exercises that physical impossibilities (such as infinite energy) or totally transformational events (such as alien visitation) are not to be included, as they stop being useful. In spite of the fact that Jim Dator likes to claim that any useful idea about the future should at first appear to be ridiculous. Even we have our boundaries.

So this fitted well with VIS’ call for explorations in artistic research around the theme “Of Rules and Alternatives”. Unusually, they do not expect fininished expositions to be submitted, rather a proposal for an exposition. So this feels like a meta-exposition. An exposition about an exposition. One that doesn’t exist yet. Like book reviews of non existant books, the idea of which informed the film reviews of future films in the Turnton Gazette. The meta-exposition reflects some of the ways in which we want to talk about the ideas. But it leaves out most of the detail. As we know, the devil, but also the beauty, is in the details. So let’s see where it goes.

The meta exposition proposal. A guide of how things might work, or at least, how we would like the discussion to evolve.

Working out what some of our rules are, whether conscious or unconscious, will be interesting. We look forward to the dialogue with the VIS editorial team and discovering new rules about our rules.

This note is part of Curiouser and Curiouser, cried Alice: Rebuilding Janus from Cassandra and Pollyanna (CCA) a artbased research project from the Institute for Design Investigations at the University of Applied Arts Vienna und Time’s Up. It is supported by the Programme for Arts-based Research (PEEK) from Austrian Science Fund (FWF): AR561.

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