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Towards a Practice of Novel Epistemic Artefacts

Scrivener, Stephen (2013) Towards a Practice of Novel Epistemic Artefacts. In: Experimental Systems: Future Knowledge in Artistic Research. Orpheus Institute . Leuven University Press, Leuven, pp. 135-150. ISBN 9789058679734

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Scrivener, Stephen

I was invited to contribute to Experimental systems: future knowledge in artistic research by its editor, Michael Schwab, who saw my writing on experimentation in artistic research of relevance to his intentions for the book. Authors were asked to consider experimentation in the light of Hans Jorg Rheinberger’s account of scientific experimentation in Towards a history of epistemic things. What captured my attention in this text is Rheinberger claim that the function of an experimental system is the differential reproduction of unprecedented events, or surprises, because I have argued along similar lines with regard to artistic design research. Rheinberger’s conceptualisation of scientific experimentation allows for a re-examination of theories of practice that give significance to the unexpected, but leads me to the conclusion that they cannot be understood as experimental systems, under Rheinberger’s definition, because they focus on the treatment of surprise, rather than on its production. Instead, I find his ideas exemplified in a completed doctoral degree programme, which I here describe and analyse, showing that it can be understood as an exemplar of an artistic design experimental system. Thus Rheinberger’s theory of scientific research provides support for my prior claims that the function of artistic design experimentation is the production of surprise.

Official Website: http://upers.kuleuven.be/en/book/9789058679734
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: artistic research, surprise
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Leuven University Press
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 2013
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2014 11:52
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 16:43
Item ID: 6376
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6376

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