Henk Borgdorff (NL), Sher Doruff (NL/US)


The significance of the current discussion at the intersection of phenomenology, cognitive sciences and philosophy of mind lies in the prospects it may open for liberating the non-conceptual content of research in and through art practices from the explicit, explanatory, descriptive or interpretive approaches that are so common in other research on the arts.

Art has the ability – articulated in artistic research – to impart and evoke fundamental ideas and perspectives that disclose the world for us and, at the same time, render that world into what it is or can be. This non-conceptual articulation of the world we live in is what we may call the realism of artistic research.

Art creates room for that which is unthought, that which is unexpected – the idea that all things could be different. Art invites us to linger at the frontier of what there is, and it gives us an outlook on what might be. Artistic research is the deliberate articulation of these contingent perspectives.

Our joint presentation will take the form of speaker /respondent in which discursive tenets of artistic research and material thinking are debated and elaborated upon. Our shared approach acknowledges the role artistic research plays in articulating the transversal vectors of the unthought, the real and the contingent. Just how these articulations might take shape and disseminate, how the relational dynamics between contingency and composition, the non-conceptual and the conceptual might play out and come to form in the research object is the theme we will together pursue.