A Transdisciplinary Approach to Scenic Knowledge

01.08.2017 //
Joint research project in collaboration with the Universidade de São Paulo

Supported by the Joint Projects Grant in the Profile Partnership between Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) and Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Principal investigators: Patricia Moran, USP & Florian Leitner, HU.

Medientheater at HU and the Cinema’s and Arts’ Spaces at USP: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Scenic Knowledge aims to expand the cooperation between HU and USP through their arts, cinema and performance spaces – with the intention of establishing these spaces in Berlin and São Paulo as upfront venues for investigation into a currently emerging field of scholarship: the epistemology of aesthetics, otherwise discussed under the label of “artistic research”. To this end, new epistemological approaches to art-based research will be explored in workshops that encompass both scholarly discussions and artistic presentations. The workshops are going to focus on the heuristic surplus value of media performance, i.e. on examining what kind of insights can be gained from an artistic involvement with the culture and technology of historical and contemporary media that are not accessible to purely theoretical forms of research. To this end, a substantial desideratum of the current discussion about “artistic research” is going to be addressed: the fundamental difference between scholarly knowledge on the one hand and aesthetic knowledge on the other. In order to examine this difference, an expanded notion of the scene is going to be applied. Based on this, aesthetic knowledge can be identified as scenical knowledge, as opposed to the rhetoric knowledge produced by scholarly discourse. This perspective allows for a concept of aesthetic knowledge that is no longer based on human experience exclusively.