1: catalyze abrisamento 2: perform technical poetics 3: who plot together to bring about a positive and effective change 4: identify new meanings, new poetries that exist in the interstice and discovers their names 5: engage in regular exchange with other members of Laboratory 6: engage in specific projects propelled by questions that exist at the intersections of intellectual boundaries
Katherine E. Bash,
Founder and Principal Investigator
Spatial Poetries: Heuristics for Experimental Poiesis
The theme of my research is the study of how things take form in experience, consciousness and language. In large part, it explores the identification and the naming of ephemeral event phenomena that are as of yet unnamed, a process of becoming I describe as symmetry-breaking. This exploration is pursued within the framework of a Lived Spatial Inquiry called Experimental Poiesis, a particularly experimental form of making where inquiry is the formal philosophical and poietic tool where the original matrix of the site in question is embedded in what is made. The methods of this inquiry facilitate both the study and the subversion of normal habits of language-focused perception and are called Heuristics—experimental aesthetic practices that are site-adjustable and engaged iteratively, where the results of one experiment become the starting point of the next. Thus it is iterative. Spatial Poetries, the artwork products are also the results of the engagement of Heuristics. They are hybrid in form and prompt shifts in lived experience in the viewers/readers/co-participants.
The Atlas of Experimental Poiesis is a compression of the investigations into a map that acts as a guide to observing and contriving a process of symmetry breaking and symmetry restoration in a time irreversible process.
BioBorn in Texas and living in London, Katherine E. Bash has received degrees in biology (BA) and design (MFA) from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Architecture from UCL. She is Founder and Principal Investigator of the Itinerant Laboratory for Perceptual Inquiry, she engages the possibilities of creating new language as creative analysis of place.
Contactabrisamento (at) katherinebash.com
Inspirations from Phase Transitions
Phase transitions in physical systems continue to pose unsolved scientific problems. For the last 200 years the field has been extremely fruitful, inspiring basic conceptual advances alongside the development of abstract mathematical techniques. The Laboratory for Perceptual Inquiry provides a framework for reflection -- is it a linguistic illusion that a concept like "universality by simplicity" has applications outside the field of phase transitions? My answer is a tentative no.
- :: Port Talk
- :: "Wise Fools and Foolish Sages"
- :: Fragments of Symmetry
States of Readiness and the History of Poise
I am interested in philosophers, dramatists and visual artists who deal with states of "still-motion" -- instants in which an individual is both moving and at rest. The history of poise comprises the changing collection of ways in which individuals -- at different historical moments -- have readied themselves for "whatever happens," striking a posture that allows them to accommodate sudden changes of circumstance in the blink of an eye. This capacity for sudden tactical revision or dynamic self-correction was a virtue in the Renaissance, which is the period where I do my academic work, but it is also an ability that is cultivated in a number of contemporary artistic or cultural practices (for example, body contact improvisation in modern dance). Currently I am conducting a historical investigation into the nature of the "instant," which in the seventeenth century is the indispensable pivot concept for thinking about the non-uniform acceleration of bodies, the temporal interval of "wit," and the lifespan of an act of the will (what Hobbes called "conatus").
Eu Jin Chua,
Historiographer and President of the Board
Catherine Dossin is an assistant professor at Purdue University, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Originally from France she received her Master’s degree from the Sorbonne and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Her research areas encompasses to the geopolitics of the art world, the history of art history, and cultural transfers in the second part of the 20th century. Her work has been published in Woman’s Art Journal, American Art Journal, Visual Resources, and several edited collections. She just completed a manuscript tentatively titled Geopolitics of the Western Art World, 1940s-1980s. From the Fall of Paris to the Invasion of New York.
Interested in the contribution of quantitative and cartographic analysis, Catherine Dossin is a founding members of Artl@s, a research project launched in 2009 by Dr. Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel at the Ecole normale supérieure de Paris (rue d’Ulm). In order to present Artl@s, and its methods that they define a Spatial (Digital) History, Dossin and Prunel have published articles and organized colloquia and conferences in France and the United States, including The Spaces of Arts (Purdue, 2012), to which the ILPI participated. She is the President of EPCAF (European Postwar and Contemporary Art Forum), a professional association that brings together art historians from all over the world working on European art.