Archives for the month of: September, 2010

Pandorum:  The Persistance of Memory by Spike Dennis was installed at Empty Shop in the Stairwell Gallery space over the week end. You can read more about   Spike and hs work  here .

It is a weird experience (not in a bad way)walking up the stairs through Spike’s installation…  it’s an accumulative experience.

Tried taking some photos last time I was in, the light levels were low and didnt use a tripod.. so some camera shake..

Just got a copy of Barbara Frank Ryan’s Super Sweet Sixteen mag yesterday in the post.  It’s great! as is  her weblog…. you can read it here.

Following on from the ideas in the previous post.

Back in the studio today working on an edition of collages for Autumn Mail Art One.

I attended an interview last week for a research based course, and it brought up a question that came to mind during the research aspect of my MA; that is how do you qualify research? What affords it weight or veracity?

The Wiki sites that:

“Artistic research, also seen as ‘practice-based research’, can take form when creative works are considered both the research and the object of research itself. It is the debatable body of thought which offers an alternative to purely scientific methods in research in its search for knowledge and truth.”

But when thinking about establishing facts either subjectively or objectively their veracity seems defined through relativism. Even scientific ‘truth’ is to an extent relative to what we can prove at this point in time and therefore subject to reassessment.

Etymology and the study of the root of a word such as ‘truth’ shows that its origins are based on the old Norse word ‘tu’ which is an expression of religious faith of that time.

So etymology and therefore clarification of the language used in a research project could be seunderstood  to play an important role.

A clarification of context is necessary as meaning or understanding of facts changes depending on the interpretation of them afforded by the context involved.

Therefore the understanding of the term ‘truth’ can be subtly or radically differing depending on the philosophical understandings behind each approach.

To give an example,  below are two brief outlines of philosophical understandings dealing with perceptions and understandings of ‘truth’ listed on the Wikipedia:

“Truth, for Michel Foucault, is problematic when any attempt is made to see truth as an “objective” quality. He prefers not to use the term truth itself but “Regimes of Truth”. In his historical investigations he found truth to be something that was itself a part of, or embedded within, a given power structure. Thus Foucault’s view shares much in common with the concepts of Nietzsche. Truth for Foucault is also something that shifts through various episteme throughout history.”


“In early Islamic philosophy, Avicenna (Ibn Sina) defined truth in his Metaphysics of Healing, Book I, Chapter 8, as:

‘What corresponds in the mind to what is outside it.‘ ”

Both these understandings of the meaning around the concept of truth can be understood in the context of etymology; dependent on the employment of words (translated) and their latent, historical meanings.

I thought it would be interesting to put together a tag cloud on frequency of shared words in texts relating to truth (see below).

To  ask if our understanding of the concept of truth has changed in the digital age and environment; would there be a demographic to any change of understanding?

What is the nature of truth?

Definition and how to establish and or qualify that definition

Truth as a social ideology; a tool for society rather than a fact

(Co-operative individualism)


Kant’s rationalism

Objective truth

Relative truth

Unconditional objectivity of any truth what so ever

Jean Paul Sartre

‘Performance Art. From Fututrism to the Present.’

Rose Lee Goldberg  (Thames and Hudson 2001)

‘Body Art and Perfomance. The Body as Language.’

Lea Virgine ( Skira 2007)

‘The Eyes of the Skin. Achitecture and the Senses.’

Juhani Paalasamaa  (Wiley 2009)

‘When Marina Abramovic Dies.’

James Westcott ( MIT Press 2010)

Feeling a little a drift and lost despite a couple of small projects happening in the next fortnight. I promised myself some break time after the MA, and have been away from the studio since the live cast of Walk the Line; so am beginning to get itchy feet to get back in to the studio.

Want to get up to the Baltic this week to visit Cornelia Parkers’ ‘Dreadful Sound’, as well as the exhibitions by John Cage and Thomas Saraceno.