Wednesday 12 May 2021, 4.00PM
Speaker(s): Philip Boardman & Gaia Blandina (PGR)
The focus of this seminar will be on the relationship between theory and practice in the field of practice-led and practice-based research. Such relationship is treated differently in each case of study, depending on the strategies used by the researcher/practitioner. Some strategies use theory to influence and shape the development of creative work (like in concept-driven practices), others use practice as an inquisitive and exploratory tool for theoretical research, others that try to negotiate and strike a balance between the two. By looking at some examples of other practitioners' and researchers' work but mainly by focusing on my own work, I will outline how the process for the creation of artefacts is affected depending on how the relationship between researching and making are treated. Some artistic methods will be presented; these will question the notions of intuition and knowledge, of randomness and wandering in everyday life as acts of research and discovery.
Gaia Blandina is a sound artist and a cellist. Her work is approached from different perspectives and methodologies across multiple areas of artistic and academic enquiry. Each work emerges from a concept that is explored and developed into a unified piece through the combination of various art practices, media, and research areas; such concept is never treated as a fixed entity, or a transcendental idea, but rather as a variable imminent notion that is flexible, open-ended and contingent upon various special, social and historical contexts. Gaia is currently working on the creation of a portfolio of installations/events from an interdisciplinary perspective. This portfolio will stem from the exploration of nomadic thinking and an interrogation of concept-driven practice through the thought of various philosophers (such as Deleuze, Hume, Bergson, Spinoza), it will be developed through various media, supported by further theoretical research, and in collaboration with musicians, writers, and artists. The tools, activities and techniques that are present in Gaia's practice are improvisation, devising music, collaboration, cello playing, collaging, archiving, object-making, poetry, curation.
Location: https://york-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/91580062656?pwd=NklpY01zNE56T0hGdUtiaDJDK0FBZz09 Meeting ID: 915 8006 2656 Passcode: 840125