Student Artistic Experiments 2: Interdisciplinary practices

Online Seminar Series

This event took place on 24th September 2020

In this Student Experiments seminar, three PhD students, working in interdisciplinary fields, introduced distinct forms of articulating research and practice. This was followed by a discussion focused on the student perspective on the Artistic Doctorate in Ireland. 

Video of the seminar

Carolyn Collier

A practice-based perspective on the performance of the image and the aesthetic experience. (Working title)

University College Cork, Year 2

www.carolyncolliercreativepractice.wordpress.com

Abstract

I will introduce my research and practice through the form of a visual essay.  The essay will reflect my approach of making and refining work through experimental methods that include phenomenological approaches, embodied practice and improvisation. As a practice-based body of research my creative process reflects an expedient and elastic approach as it incorporates the temporal rhythms between the practice of the studio and the writing and reflection of critical text. 

My research identifies critical aspects of performative work within a visual art context. Key concerns include a phenomenological enquiry into perception and visual art, how the process of making can be translated within the viewer encounter and how our aesthetic embodied experience can expose us to how we embody the world. Through identifying how the work can translate as an intersubjective experience it can create a transparency of this phenomenological encounter as a reciprocal relationship for all involved. 

Carolyn Collier

Carolyn Collier’s video presentation

Monireh Astani 

A Media Specific Analysis of Animation’s Abstraction in Adaptations of Shahnameh.

Maynooth University/Department of Media Studies. Year 3

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5834-7280

Abstract

Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh is considered to be the most significant Iranian national epic in existence. Stories from this poem have been subject to multiple adaptations since the early years of animation’s foundation in Iran up to recent years. The previous animations adaptations of this text (so far gathered for this research) have maintained representational/iconic styles, focusing usually on a single reading of these stories and avoiding a more radical approach to this text and its formal depictions. In Dissonance, I am recreating the Battle of Rostam and Esfandiar, a narrative from Shahnameh, using abstract animation. In this practice, the emphasis on the story and its position in forming the adaptation’s outcome is replaced with a formal experiment with shapes, colours, and movements. It also reflects the less explored aspects of the narrative, such as its archetypical concepts and main themes that seem more suitable to transform into the openness of temporal-abstract forms. Here, I will examine such formal and conceptual transformations and investigate how such representation can intrigue audiences’ imaginative participation in perceiving this narration, as well as encouraging the adapters’ novel experiments with the animation medium.

Monireh Astani

Monireh Astani’s Video Presentation

Jp McMahon 

Staging Irish food: An autoethnographic approach.

NUI Galway, Theatre and Drama. Year 4

www.eatgalway.ie 

Abstract My presentation aims to examine how food on stage affects its Audience. A lobster will be killed and dispatched on stage and then fed to the Audience. In the course of my research, namely in my plays Irish Food.A Play (2018) and Dante.Beckett.Lobster (2019) the issue of the lobster and its relationship to the actors and audience has fascinated me due to the multiple ways in which they characterise it, from imagining its inner life, to the ethics of having a lobster in a performance, and perhaps most pertinently, killing it on stage and consuming it. My presentation is live and can involve audience members. We will kill a lobster to music and then consume it, more as an act of theatre, performance and ritual. A discussion will follow considering the affect these acts had on the audience.  

Jp McMahon

Jp McMahon’s Video presentation

This series of seminars is part of the research project Visioning the Future: Artistic Doctorates in Ireland. Presentations and discussions will be video and audio recorded. Thisdocumentation will be available on the project website and may contribute to the development of Open Educational Resources. 

This series of seminars is part of the research project Visioning the Future: Artistic Doctorates in Ireland. Presentations and discussions will be video and audio recorded. Thisdocumentation will be available on the project website and may contribute to the development of Open Educational Resources.