The Position of the Researcher | Undisciplined meetings: arts and social sciences.
Marseille: November 8, 9 & 10, 2017
MuCEM and the Center of the Vieille Charité
Free admission, registration recommended: email@example.com
The ethical or political positioning of a researcher is built through his working methods. In the human and social sciences, these methods are so many ways of doing within discourse. They mobilize a series of gestures and operations that also concern artistic research. It is on these shared gestures that we wish to bring the dialogue between scientific research and artistic practices.
We start from the common part of the materiality of the research work – the confrontation with the materials, the archives and the testimonies – to stimulate a dialogue around the gestures of the collection, the methods of investigation, the forms of writing and, exposure. To accept that these are not only translations of results, but themselves constituting theoretical and artistic projects, is to open a space for exchanges between the arts and the social sciences.
Our approach consists more in decompartmentalizing discourse than in questioning the specificity of our respective researches. The challenge is to think of research outside the disciplinary boundaries in order to constitute a laboratory of reflexivity and innovation offering to each other the possibility of shifting its gaze on its objects and its practices.
“To find the continuous narrative: white space, potential and counterfactual stories.”
One way of refusing the necessary character of the state of affairs is, for historians, to imagine from what has been initiated but not developed in history what could have been the future of these past unfulfilled. It is possible to write another story from undeveloped futures – a fictitious, counterfactual history, but offering resources to action, apart from the evidence of the present. These experiences of writing in history, sometimes practiced in anthropology, can then meet artistic experiences of narrative. This will allow us to question the artistic uses of the document and the archive, the status of fiction and the regimes of truthfulness.
Speakers: Quentin Deluermoz and Pierre Singaravélou (historians), Vincent Meessen (artist), Uriel Orlow (artist).
10. November, 2017 | MuCEM Auditorium
9.30am – 1pm
These meetings are co-organized by the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM), the Norbert Elias Center (EHESS Marseille) and the Marseille-Mediterranean School of Art and Design (ESADMM) in the framework of the research program “Bureau des Positions” , in partnership with the Cinema Network of art colleges.