Affecting objects: the minor gesture within a performative, artistic research enquiry

Bennett, Sarah (2018) Affecting objects: the minor gesture within a performative, artistic research enquiry. In: Boyd, Candice P and Edwardes, Christian, (eds.) Non-representational theory and the creative arts. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 103-116. (In Press)

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Emerging from artistic research undertaken at the Museo Laboratorio della Mente (Museum of the Laboratory of the Mind), in Rome, this chapter considers the affective potential of specific museum objects - fagotti - packages containing the abandoned possessions of former patients of a closed psychiatric hospital. The author recounts the instant of the first encounter with the fagotti when affect, which is non-representational, occurred followed by subsequent reflection when cognitive processes were set in motion. The methods of this artistic research enquiry required meaningful interpretations and imaginative insights and discernments in order to shift the register of the artistic research from a semi-fictive account to credible critique of the now discredited Italian psychiatric system. The final artwork - a four channel video installation produced through embodied enactments – is described as oscillating between, and contributing to, both non-representational and representational modes of ‘knowing’, and itself provides an affective encounter for the viewer.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Area: Art and design
Geography and environmental studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Kingston School of Art > School of Art and Architecture
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Depositing User: Sarah Bennett
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 10:56
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 10:56

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