SRL: Research Finding Form

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FINAR-604

Research is an active, diligent and systematic process of inquiry in order to discover, interpret or revise facts, events, behaviors, or theories, or to make practical applications with the help of such facts, laws or theories, but in the hands of an artist how does it transform from information into art? Artists have always used research as one of many tools, but increasingly since the 1990s many have made this the basis of their practices, as they assume various roles in relation to their work, and employ the tactics of various disciplines across the spectrum of inquiry, from anthropology and geography to physics and biology to political science and literature. In this time frame artists and institutions have embraced increasingly fluid modes of exhibition and project-making. Using a variety of contemporary artists' practices as a springboard, students in this course workshop their projects and ideas from the research phase toward final physical form. How do artists start with positions of inquiry and end with aesthetic positions? Should truth be a prevailing concern? y? Is authority the position an artist should take? What possibilities does art give us to transcend or even contradict the logic of research? How is form suggested by research itself? How can the form of a project or exhibition reflect the doubt inherent to the research process? How do we make audiences care about the things we find so interesting? Is physical form even the right answer?