Tacit or Loud: where is the knowledge in art?
Symposium and festival for artistic research
Nov 28-Dec 3
Call for contributions
Tacit or Loud is an international symposium and a festival for experimental arts at the Inter Arts Center in Malmö, Sweden. Tacit or Loud focuses on intermedia art and presents several international world premieres. Inter Arts Center (IAC) is an organization within the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts located in the old Mazetti chocolate factory in Malmö. IAC provides good facilities for interdisciplinary projects, including fine arts, music and theatre, but also other arts and disciplines. For information on the venues please see http://www.iac.lu.se
Where is the knowledge in art?
We embrace an ecological perspective on knowledge that stretches from the tacit and embodied knowing of the artist to propositional and scientific knowledge production. Indeed, the knowledge in art can sometimes be more loud than silent. We now welcome proposals to a symposium that challenges the format of the scientific symposium. Contributions may be in artistic form (encouraged), as conference papers or in a format that combines the two. The ambition with Tacit or Loud is to merge various kinds of knowledge production in the arts with analytical modes of thinking. Hence, it is centered around the concept of the lab as a venue for a review of artistic work and research as process. These lab sessions are the core of the event and will address the following five perspectives on knowledge in the arts:
1. Epistemology, embodiment and knowledge in the arts
The American philosopher Mark Johnson (2007) argues that all knowledge is embodied, and that “the arts are exemplary cases of embodied, immanent meaning” (Johnson, 2011, p. 234). The Routledge Companion to research in the arts emphasizes the practical and non-conceptual nature of artistic knowledge and Johnson writes in his article in this anthology: “Art presents (enacts) the meaning of a situation, rather than abstractly conceptualizing it” (Johnson, 2011, p. 247).
2. Action, situation, performativity and intention
The idea of situatedness has been largely applied to theater and the art of acting, where one of its most significant theorist Konstantin Stanislavski in the 1920s and 1930s sees action, situation and intention as the key elements of the actor’s work, which he describes as primarily an exploratory activity. How can these practices inform research and artistic development?
3. Musical Gesture and Embodied Cognition
Research on musical gesture during the past decade has contributed to a shift in our understanding also of musical cognition. Meanwhile, the development of theories of “situated cognition” and “enacted cognition” created new interpretative horizons where studies of musicians’ actions and cognitive processes may constitute material for the development of new artistic practices (Leman 2007).
4. Gesture, action and reaction.
What are the new directions in intermedia art? How can a deeper understanding of action, movement and gestures, and the relationship between action and cognition, become a springboard for new artistic expressions?
5. Whose knowledge? A critical perspective on knowledge production in the arts.
No discussion of knowledge and art can avoid gender theory and postcolonial perspectives. Whose knowledge are we discussing?
There will be no parallel sessions so all participants can take part in all labs and, furthermore, each day invited artists/scholars will give a key presentation framing the perspective of the day’s sessions. Our ambition is to create a format for discussion and dissemination of artistic work and thinking about and through artistic work, while avoiding the all too common theory/practice dichotomies and allow for a creative and intellectually vital environment in which artistic and scholarly approaches to the five perspectives can be molded together.
The submissions will be peer-reviewed and a notification of acceptance will be announced no later than september 24. All accepted contributions will be published in a multimedia publication which will constitute the peer reviewed conference proceedings.
The deadline for proposals is September 15. The results of the peer-review will be announced on September 24.
Tacit or Loud starts with an opening event in the evening of Nov 28. The lab sessions will take place between Nov 29 and Dec 3.
Format and content of the proposal
- Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The description of the content and format of the presentation should be no more than 300 words and may also include audio and video material.
- Please indicate which theme/themes the proposal addresses. the duration of the presentation and also a technical rider if applicable.
- Artistic materials for review can either be submitted as links for download (mp4 or h264, only stereo files and one screen video) or links to webpages for streaming.
Tacitorloud web page: http://www.teatrweimar.se/tacitorloud