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The wound in its entanglements

Stipendiat Ane Graffs doktorgradsprosjekt. (Tidligere kjent under arbeidstittelen Why Matter Matters.)

Vitenskapelig sammendrag

The artistic research project The Wound In Its Entanglements reflects upon the human body in its material entanglements, and centres around the following questions: What is touch within matter? How are bodies materialised? The project is informed by feminist new materialisms’ ongoing re-thinking of our material reality, in which a relational and process-oriented approach to matter—including the matter of living bodies—plays an integral part. The project is more specifically guided by the theories of key materialist and feminist scholar Karen Barad and her concepts intra-action/phenomena/agential cut. Seen through Barad’s agential realist perspective, bodies themselves “come to matter through the world’s iterative intraactivity – its performativity”. “Individuals” only exist within particular materializing relations in their ongoing iteratively intra-active reconfiguring. Approaching Barad’s performative body as biologically malleable and historicized in response to experience, the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s motif of the wound is used as a thinking tool in the project. His use of the term is explicitly temporal, insisting on a “ghostly” causality of the event, where echoes, resonances, and traces of the past have material effects in the form of changing forces on the present and future. As such, The Deleuzian wound is an embodied wound, one that can be seen as realising the history and the future of the body through a “stickiness of the past”—in a claim that historical harms live not only in the body of the individual, but in the intergenerational affectivity of whole communities. The key concern of the project, however, is not to solely “name” these urgencies and motifs, but, in fact to “materialise” the transformed mode of thinking these scholars gesture towards, through the creation of artworks in the form of sculptures and sculptural installations. Utilising a range of materials spanning from bacterial colonies to blood pressure medication to cochineal lakes in mixes that simultaneously change and create, the bodies of art “think” the intra-activity of matter, in the course of realising it.

Fakta om prosjektet

Prosjekttittel The wound in its entanglements 
Prosjektleder Ane Graff
Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo
Prosjektstatus Avsluttet
Avdeling Kunstakademiet
  1. Ane Graff: Kunstnersamtale: Ane Graff (2018). Annen presentasjon. Mer info
  2. Ane Graff: Almende -Second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag (2018). Kunstutstilling. Mer info
  3. Ane Graff: NATURvitenskap (2018). Kunstutstilling. Mer info
  4. Ane Graff & Ane Guttu: Peer to Peer: Ane Graff in conversation with Ane Hjort Guttu (2019). Annen presentasjon. Mer info
  5. Ane Graff: Ane Graff: The Goblets (2019). Kunstutstilling. Mer info
  6. Ane Graff: In Conversation: Ane Graff & Alex Klein (2017). Annen presentasjon. Mer info
  7. Ane Graff: Presentasjon av stipendiatardeidet Why Matter Matters: Questions of Materiality in the Physical World (2017). Faglig foredrag. Mer info
  8. Ane Graff: UUMMANNARSUAQ (2017). Kunstutstilling. Mer info
  9. Ane Graff: Bodily Life [performance] (2017). Kunstutstilling. Mer info
  10. Ane Graff: Mattering Waves (2017). Kunstutstilling. Mer info
  11. Ane Graff: [Presentasjon av stipendiatprosjektet "Why Matter Matters. Questions of Materiality in the Physical World"] (2016). Faglig foredrag. Mer info

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