Thomas Gartmann: an in-depth interview

Thomas Gartmann, Angelika Boeck, Peter Tepe
Titel: Thomas Gartmann: An In-depth Interview | Link: w/k is concerned with connections between science and art, with the visual arts at the focus of interest, but with other art forms such as literature and music included at the margins. These connections are examined as thoroughly as possible -in relation to the works of individual artists, but also to institutions. We want to examine the artistic-scientific doctoral programme Studies in the Arts
more » ... ered by the University of Bern and the Bern Academy of the Arts (HKB) from this point of view. Our first aim is to help those w/k users who are interested in the overall theme of "art and science" but are not familiar with study programmes of this kind to gain an adequate understanding of the Bern doctoral programme. A discussion can then be held in the comments section. An example First of all, we ask you to give an example of a dissertation topic with references to the visual arts that has been or is being worked on within Studies in the Arts. Paranature Research Laboratory. On the exploration of the concept of nature/culture is the working title of Andrina Jörg's dissertation, which is currently being written in Social Anthropology. It is about the tension between the natural and the artificial, but also between fact and fake. For outsiders, the title of an artistic-scientific programme initially raises the question of which scientific and which artistic elements a dissertation topic typical of your programme has and how they relate to each other. Please explain this using the example of Paranature Research Laboratory. On the one hand, there are artistic works here, some of which are newly developed, but some of which were created earlier: Installations and photographs that could also stand for themselves. On the other hand, there is accompanying sociological-ethnographic research: participant observation and interviews. And finally, a theoretical framing: the classification of both the artworks and their discussion in the most diverse discourses. In this way, I understand Paranature Research Laboratory as both a scientific and a broad-based art and outreach project that uses ethnographic and artistic means to critically reshape speculative notions of nature and transplants everyday plastic objects to places where nature is commonly expected. The idyll of nature is ironically broken by the associated neo-materialist reflection on the relationship between industrially and hand-made materials and their pretence as natural objects. The current environmental and consumer debates form the background. In various actions, the audience's reactions are observed, questioned, discussed, analysed, systematised, and classified. The scientific and artistic parts of the project cannot always be sharply distinguished from each other but are mutually dependent and permeate each other.
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