Establishing my chosen area of research
Medical imaging techniques as MRI scans do support various aspects informing artists to explore and embrace this technology, as:
- an intrusive medical gaze below the skin
- a post-modern multiplicity of viewpoints of reality
- an aesthetic image through a contemporary representation
- an embodied encounter with the invisible
- a rhythm and sound informing subjective experience
- a notational system of visual information (catalog)
Framing my Critical Review
In order to get a visual grip on my critical review by embracing my own experience in life, my art practice my interest, as well as other artist’s practices and the wider context of the theme that interests me (MRI scan as medical imaging technique in a post-modern world), I brainstormed and mapped out all ideas and thoughts and the interlinks between those in a visual map:
Brainstorm visual map (as pdf): a map that is relevant for my critical review as well as for my parallel project:21 Stefan513593-P2SP-critical_review_brainstorm
I developed my question over time (see further below and eventually came up with the following working question for my critical review (embracing art practices, materiality, medical imaging, and visual culture theories) and settled for now with the following statement-question:
Ambiguity, the disembodied self, and the performativity
in medical imaging and art
Outline & Structure
very early and rough state – as pdf20 Stefan513593-P2SP-Critical Review_first_outline
I am aware that the topic is still quite broad, and I will most certainly funnel it down to specifics, e.g. how MRI process can inform art practices inspired by Helen Chadwick’s work ‘Of Mutability’ .
Question to me regarding the course material about ‘What have you learnt and how has/or might this research impact on your own work in the future?’ => to write in first or third person?
Earlier evolution of my question
July 2018: with reference to Bruce Nauman and Hito Steyerl:
Medical Imaging technique as contemporary visual mapping approach
Nov 2018: with ref Silvia Casini, earlier MRI artists:
MRI as Medical Imaging technique and the sense of self and identity
Jan 2019: with reference to Gail Weiss, Mark Johnson, and Juhani Pallassmaa:
How MRI can support an understanding of dissolution of boundaries and the body image
Feb 2019: by embracing the possibility to incorporate sound / music through my collaborative project:
How the embodied encounter creates meaning
March 2019: drafted version to work from:
Perception of an disembodied self in medical imaging techniques as MRI
The medical gaze and the disembodied self, variations of perspective in MRI and art.
Ambiguity, the disembodied self, and the performativity in medical imaging and art
Earlier ideas – informing my critical review and parallel project
How do I find a focused question related to materiality and artist practices that would resonate with my work during this course as well my ideas for my parallel project?
(sources: Schaffeld, 2018a – e)
- Layered images:
– as disruption of ‘one’ picture plane, through fragmentation a reflection on identity ref artists: Jaqueline Humphries, Helen Chadwick)
- Imaging (medical) techniques:
– as a mean of understanding of what we don’t know, painting as a mean of revealing questions of the un-known (ref artists: Hito Steyerl, Bruce Nauman, Helen Chadwick)
– How the conception of the body image is being impacted by medical imaging techniques?
– How medical imaging techniques expand the human vision and gaze? (ref artists: Annie Cattrell, Elizabeth Jameson, Chris Drury, Michael Hopkins, Paula Crown, Angela Palmer, Karen Ingram, Katharine Dowson, Susan Aldworth)
– MRI as medical imaging technique and how we try to make sense of visual information in finding a Self and identity (ref Silvia Casini, Lisa Cartwright, Liz Orton)
– How to explore noise and sound as part of an embodied work?
– not only picture plane but also a disruption of inside-outside, internal-external (ref artists:
- Repetition & process:
– scrolling back and forth, a continuous approach of seeking meaning and reason
- Control & gesture:
– what is in my control and what is external controlled? Who provides meaning? What can paint doing to mirror this?
- Foldings & unfolding:
– to make visible and still not revealing, not the surface, not inside, no location, an unknown origin (ref artists: Sam Gilliam, Sophia Starling, Frank Stella, Katharina Grosse, Alison Watt)
– How the brain could be seen as a visual of folding and unfolding, and the fold as a form of expression, a Gestaltung, an infinite line of inflection(ref: Deleuze ‘The Fold – Leibniz and the Baroque’)
– a personal multisensorial experience, like paint – color, smell, touch, sound (ref artists: xx)
– an embodied spatial encounter with light, color and in relationship (ref. Helen Chadwick)
– Choreographic elements in contemporary art as a performative expression of body images and self
– Performative painting (Jutta Koether, Mona Hatoum, Robert Rauschenberg)
- Coding & Decoding:
– information with concealed, hidden meaning, visual information
– fragmenting, disrupting, scattering, scanning – devices to code and transform visual information
- Painting in a digital world:
– Expanding painting through light and screen based materials
– Exploring contemporary materials of reflection (e.g. perspex)
– Moving images, video, and light as expanded field of painting
– How can a materialised painting be considered as a critical reflection on current life?
– How physical material could be transformed through painting as a performative act?
– Light as material
– How to overcome conventions of viewing paintings through the viewer’s participation?
– How to invite the viewer as co-author of meaning and narratives?
Featured image: Schaffeld, S.J. (2019) Digital composite
- Schaffeld, S. (2018a) ‘PARALLEL PROJECT – INITIAL IDEAS – MEDICAL IMAGERY (1)’ [blog post 10 Jul 2018] At: https://ocasp.stefanvisualart.com/?p=1622
- Schaffeld, S. (2018b) ‘FOLDS, UNFOLDING AND WHY BAROQUE IS NOT DEAD’ [blog post 24 Jul 2018] At: https://ocasp.stefanvisualart.com/?p=2458
- Schaffeld, S. (2018c) PARALLEL PROJECT AND CRITICAL REVIEW – THOUGHTS ON HOW TO GET THERE’ [blog post 24 Sep 2018], At: https://ocasp.stefanvisualart.com/?p=3539
- Schaffeld, S. (2018d) ‘VISITS: IDENTITY & TECHNOLOGY’ [blog post 27 Oct 2018] At: https://ocasp.stefanvisualart.com/?p=3716
- Schaffeld, S.J. (2018e) ‘Medical imaging techniques in art’ [forum post] At: https://discuss.oca-student.com/t/medical-imaging-techniques-in-art/8367? (accessed 28 March 2018)