Practice as "Search" towards a different form of knowledge. Dr Anna Troisi

“Research” has always been a tricky word when associated to the practice towards an artistic purpose. The major aim of research has always been related to a form of investigation, analysis, inspection and assessment. The epistemological intrinsic aspect of the research brought us thinking that every approach to create knowledge and awareness should pass through a research methodology to deserve the right to be validated and to produce an appreciable output.

As digital artist and performer, my input material, my research pathway and my final results, collide in a mixture of scientific and artistic vibrant matter, but it is not always true that they are really so distinct. I use to code and I use my scientific background while sculpting my artistic outputs, but I never considered the practical side of my work as a standard research process but rather a “search”. I spend my academic research time looking trough physical, abstract or virtual spaces carefully to find the right interpretation for something that I already have in my mind. Instead of “researching” I look for paradigms that enable my performances to use the real world as a media. I search and my every day practice is searching towards a form of knowledge that cannot be described with scientific words such as “output” or “finding”.

Do we really need to investigate, inspect or assess in order to produce arts?

Additionally while being able to contextualise our artworks is of great help to enhance the philosophical potentiality of our work, will it be likewise useful for the audience to perceive a performance as a layered sliced form of expression where every detail is revealed? Is academia trying to force a different form of knowledge in a context that worked well and still works well for other forms of knowledge?