Christoph Brunner (CH / CA)
(Concordia University, Montréal)


Trans- or interdisciplinarity underlines many contemporary academic research projects for the sake of funding, acknowledgement or the desire to work across disciplines. The domain of ‘artistic research’ or ‘art as research’ might become part of an institutionalized attempt to seek alternative models of partially outdated disciplinary scholarly and scientific research. Hence, the question remains, if a trans- or interdisciplinary approach does not fall back into well-known disciplinary practices of research and the generation of knowledge inside these domains. ‘Art as research’ would on the one hand confine such a domain for a reinforcement of a rigid disciplinary framing. On the other hand it might propose an opening towards novelty in its practice, knowledge and affect.
Deleuze and Guattari in their work “Qu’est-ce que la philosophie?” explicitly inquire processes of creation in scientific, artistic, and philosophic research. For them a concept, a sensory aggregate, or scientific functions are all processes of creation that inspire one another without loosing their particularity. Research-creation exactly focuses on processes of creative emergence without any bound (inter-) disciplinary framework. In its conceptualization and practice it asks for the ‘enabling constraints’ for creative research to emerge as novelty. As a domain of inquiry, or as Deleuze would express through Bergson, considering the proposition of the right problem as ground for any further research, one has to consider ‘art as research’ in its force to produce novelty from the middle of its being, from the very proposition it offers.

Research-creation forms the centre for the proposed domain of inquiry that seeks to critically approach the process of ‘artistic research’ as neither being of a mere lineage character nor a pure externality but rather a ‘problematic field’ that creates novel textures. Research-creation as emerging from the ‘in-between’ becomes a collective and transversal process that cuts across domains, practices and disciplines (the making of textures). Its intensity and affective tonality (the potential of being felt) might propose first steps towards ‘art as research’ as a novel creative practice.

Christoph Brunner is a PhD researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Society and Culture, Concordia University, Montréal. In his thesis he inquires creative research practices and their emergence as processes that generate novelty. He is a member of the Sense Lab (directed by Erin Manning and Brian Massumi /, and part of the editorial collective of “Inflexions” – a journal for research creation (