“Meaning - the dictatorship of its use”
The investigation I have been developing addresses the artwork,
as conceived by the artist, as an experience materialized in the
interface that actively engages the observer and reflects their
role in its realisation. In this context the artist acknowledges
the enactive and open role of the observer in the interpretation
of the work. The observer acts to perceive and interpret the interface
and thus contributes to the construction of the artwork. A similar
perspective can be proposed regarding the research practice. The
practice of research, being practice-based or theoretical-based,
is grounded in the activity of doing it combined with its perception
Noë (2004), expanding Varela et al. (1993), suggests an active
role for the observer through the proposition of an enactive
view, in which perception implies some form of action and understanding.
Wittgenstein (1968) proposes meaning as its use. Practice-based
research derives its legitimacy from its use and understanding,
and the same applies to theoretical-based research. The focus
should be on the use of language and not on its form, although its
form will ground its use.
The proposed research project will be presented in the form of an
interface (audio installation) that is defined by 4 audio channels
(or more, according to the space). The various audio channels are
a pre-recording reading of the same research paper but played out
of sync in the same space. Its use will dictate its meaning.
- Noë, A. (2004), Action in Perception, MIT press.
- Varela, F., Thompson, E., Rosch, E. (1993), The Embodied Mind,
Cognitive Science and Human Experience, MIT Press
- Wittgenstein, L. (1968) Philosophical Investigations,
G.E.M. Anscombe (trans.), Basil Blackwell Press.