Accepted paper:

Art/science: commitment as link between the individual and the social in processes of making knowledge

Author:

Sandra Fernandez (UNED)

Paper short abstract:

My research deals with processes of artistic production with diffuse borders between different areas of knowledge such as science and art, on the one hand and, on the other, forms of action and social organization that generate work dynamics based on shared meanings due to commitment processes.

Paper long abstract:

My research deals with the processes of artistic production in liminal places with diffuse borders between different areas of knowledge such as science, technology, and art, on one hand and, on the other, forms of action and social organization that generate work dynamics based on shared meanings. These practices are generally influenced by the ways free software programming is organized and by the idea of "commons" or public utility. These network relationships, in which the focus is moved away from the artistic object and onto the process, involve a kind of artistic generation that has a very marked political focus, and this provides the opportunity to investigate the spaces of culture as political spaces. My research focuses on an ethnographic analysis of the practical construction of this concrete form of what we call artistic objects in our contemporary urban society. The objective is to understand the relationship of this kind of object and the practices that produce and distribute it with the model of social relations in which it is inserted, as well as the production of political (urban activism) meaning that this relationship generates. Each of these hybrid objects is an epistemic embodiment, a materialized epistemology (Wise 2006), which produces new material realities incorporating ways of understanding knowledge by means of a process of bodily involvement that generates commitment. This knowledge-making process allows relating social relations (Bourriaud 2008) with production dynamics, linking the individual and the social level through the body learning to be affected (Latour 1996).

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Anthropologies of art