Tales of Transformational Encounter in Digital Arts Practice: Co-forming Connective Togetherness through Techno-Sensual Acts of Love.

Tuppen-Corps, Alice and Del Negro, Gaia (2019) Tales of Transformational Encounter in Digital Arts Practice: Co-forming Connective Togetherness through Techno-Sensual Acts of Love. In: Togetherness and its Discontents. Pensa Multimedia, Italy, pp. 489-517. ISBN 978-88-6760-653-5

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Abstract

This chapter invites the reader to enter into a dialogue of performative ‘togetherness’ with artist-researcher Alice Tuppen-Corps and researcher-participant Gaia Del Negro.

The aim of this paper is to convey a sense of our interweaving experiences as artist and participant and of what we have learnt about ‘love’ and its various iterations of pleasure and discontent.

Alice is an interdisciplinary practice-based doctoral researcher investigating the transformational agency of re-staging life narratives through immersive and performative technologies.

Gaia is an academic in the field of social sciences and in the context of this paper, one of twelve self-selecting adults who together with the artist, are co-forming the forthcoming practice-based artistic educational project, ‘Transformational Encounters: Touch Traction, Transform’ hereon known as (TETTT). The final output of this will be an interactive installation in The Gallery, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, in May 2018.

Alice’s artistic and interpersonal research methods come from the orchestration of a practice-based research trajectory. Her case for generating a new modality of ‘empathetic relational encounter’ through ‘techno-sensual acts of love’, is bought about through the interplay of experiential art practice probed with interrogative philosophical and theoretical findings. These influences include feminist, auto-ethnographic, artistic and phenomenological approaches as outlined contextually later in the paper. Alice’s fluid and dynamic practice system distils what is useful from such theoretical concepts in alignment with her own practice-based findings. Any fresh perceptions of a philosophical and theoretical nature are given value and continuously fed back into the in-vivo embodied practice itself.

Through this method, the choice and resonance of influencing theories shift within the raw findings of the practice-based research process. Through this, Alice claims to generate new qualities of reflective space and affective touch, empowering individual and collective engagement, reflection and connection within herself, her participants and audiences. These enabling dialogues liberate a reciprocal, psychological and creative transformation of worlds.

This paper will first provide a brief introduction to the theoretical and epistemological practice-based framework of Alice’s research. What will follow is the performative annotations of the dialogue itself between artist-researcher and researcher-participant. It will culminate with conclusions on the findings reached through ‘our’ reciprocal dialogue. Namely that the new blend of methods employed by the artist through her digital arts practice, can provide a positive and ‘loving’ liminal container that enables an expansive co-forming dialogue to occur between people. It is at the point where other forms of virtual and/or face-to-face engagement falter, that Alice’s dialogic system facilitates a more meaningful and creative transformation of worlds.

Keywords:Participant-Researcher, Dialogue, Digital Arts, Love, Encounter, Life Narratives, Immersive, Restaging, Interdisciplinary, Perfomative Technologies, Co-formation, Practice-Based Research, Empathy, Techno-sensual, Auto-ethnographic, Phenomenological, Feminist, Self-reflexivity, In-Vivo, Embodied
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts
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Deposited On:09 May 2022 14:25

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