Lucia Rainer Wichmann

University of Hamburg, Germany


Framing Artistic Practice as Artistic Research

as a Dialectical Form of Critique

My paper contends that the practice of writing is a dialectical form of critique (Butler 2002): instead of withdrawing itself, it positions itself directly within – exposing, scrutinizing, and putting acknowledged practices at risk. Phrased differently, in exhibiting practices in and through which the concept of research is established and reproduced, (artistic) writing practices encompass the possibility to give access to uncharted research territories, which are not exclusively determined, but inevitably temporary and precarious. It thus becomes apparent that the greatest challenge that distinguishes writing in artistic research lies within making underlying research frames and framings (Goffman 1974) know-able and simultaneously transcending these very frames and framings.