Measure of Disorientation


 

The Art of Research - Research Narratives
Chelsea College of Art and Design, 28 - 30 October 2008

Measure of Disorientation is a drawing based on a random walk through the corridors of Block A at Chelsea College of Art and Design, the venue of the conference. The walk started and finished in the corridor in front of the Banqueting Hall. During the walk the amount of paces were counted between turns of direction giving the instructions for a set of coordinates. The coordinates were plotted on a piece of paper with the starting point in the centre and connected following a set of rules that have been used for previous works. The result is an abstract figure remotely representing the walk.

The title Measure of Disorientation was chosen in relation to the fact that the start and the end point of the walk did not match in the drawing (while they did during the walk that ended where it started). During the walk a number of inaccuracies must have affected the walk, the counting, the measurement, the plotting or even the reconstruction. The figure was turned so that the line connecting the start and the end point was upright creating a vertical strong line in the centre of the drawing. The title also indicates that this line, which is part of but also constructed through the figure, gives a measure for the disorientation experienced during the walk.

A number of research related questions can be indicated in advance of the conference: (1) Does the drawing give a representation of any kind, and if yes, what does it represent? (2) How does the drawing address the space both on the paper and in the building? (3) How necessary is the provision of a context for the work? (4) What kind of 'knowledge and understanding' is advanced in the work if it is at all?

The walk can be seen as 'research narrative' in the widest sense - an experience in a particular place at a particular time told through the making of a drawing - although the drawing does not give many indications that allow the lines to be put into such a narrative. The reconstructive rules, if anything, obliterate the walk and create a number of possible, intersecting walks or lines for the eye to follow. Being at loss within an abstract space that does not even seem to follow compositional rules, however, opens up the possibility of a different way of understanding the spatial relationships offered by the drawing.



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Michael Schwab

CV

Documents

 

News

Wieviel Wissenschaft bekommt der Kunst?
Oesterreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft, Wien

4 & 5/11/2011

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Imagining Imagination
Royal College of Art, London

10 & 11/06/2011

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Suspense - International Symposium
on Rethinking Research
Cinema Zuid, Antwerp

04/05/2011

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Modes of Collaboration between
the Arts and Sciences,
ZHdK, Zurich

29/04/2011

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Architecture + MIT 150

25-27/04/2011

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Drawing in an Expanded Field
Academie Royale des Beaux Arts
de Bruxelles

25-27/02/2011

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Habitus in Habitat III
Synesthesia and Kinaesthetics
ZfL, Berlin

22-24/10/2010

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Unexpected Variations
Orpheus Research Center in Music, Ghent

15-17/09/2010

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Please support the
Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)

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Arts Research: Publics and Purposes,
GradCam, Dublin

15-19/02/2010

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Components of the Image
Exhibition 036 at SWG3 in Glasgow

09-18/10/2009

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Sensuous Knowlege Conference 6
Bergen, Norway

23-25/09/2009

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International Walter Benjamin Association
Antwerp, Belgium

14-17/09/2009

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First, the Second:
Walter Benjamin's theory of reflection
and the question of artistic research

Journal of Visual Arts Practice (7.3)

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International Seminar 'Light Touches'
Figures of Touch Research Project
University of Art and Design, Helsinki

10-11/06/2009

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The Difference between Art
and Art Research
Züricher Hochschule der Küste

23-24/04/2009

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Creative Practice, Creative Research
York St. John University


Download my paper in the 'Documents' section.

25-17/04/2009

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The Art of Research: Research Narratives
Chelsea College of Art and Design

28-30/10/2008

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Research into Practice conference
Royal Society of Arts

31/10/2008

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/seconds issue 9
vanishing point, the vicious and virtuous circle

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Conference Contribution and Exhibition

'Figurations of Knowledge'
5th Biannual European Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Berlin

02 - 07 June 2008


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Paris

Book Launch

18 May 2008

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The Full Circle
A collaborative project by Eduardo Padilha and Michael Schwab

Studio 1.1, London

11/05 - 01/06/2008

Private View:
10/05/2008 6-8pm


Artists' Talk:
25/05/2008 3.30pm

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Full Circle Family Workshops

Gasworks, London

19 - 22 February 2008

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Keynote Paper and Exhibition

'Art and Research: How?'
International Conference at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn


14/15 February 2008

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Artist Talk

'figure' at the Tramdepot Gallery, London

3 February 2008, 2pm

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Figure

The Tramdepot

Private View Friday 25 January 7 - 11 pm

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As if something once mentioned, now plain to see

Book by COLONY, Birmingham

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The Full Circle
A collaborative project by Eduardo Padilha and Michael Schwab

Huisrechts, Amsterdam

13.9 - 16.10 2007

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Political Art 2007 Almanac
Reunion Projects

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Artistic Research and the Role of Critique.

In: van Koten, H. (ed), Proceeds of Reflections on Creativity, 21 and 22 April 2006.

Dundee: Duncan of Jordanstone College, 2007. ISBN:  1 899837 56 6.