Useful Fictions, Paris
I am grateful and privileged to have been invited to participate in the upcoming Useful Fictions symposium (Sept 9-15, 2019) and Speed of Light Expedition, co-organized by UC Davis and École polytechnique, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, as a graduate fellow. While in Paris, I'll have the opportunity to participate in Lab 5: MAKING, ENGAGEMENT, AND REFLEXIVITY led by Manuelle Friere and Aniara Rodado. I'll be blogging from here throughout the entire experience, to share the process and collaborative results of the lab.
Lab 5: Intro
Lab 5 has the specific theme of Making, Engagement and Reflexivity within the context of scientific 'truth'. The lab will look at the construction of what constitutes scientific 'truths', through a process of making, engagement and reflexivity as an epistemological model, or way of building new knowledge. Using this model, I'll work with other graduate fellows, Teresa Margaret Carlesimo, Elisheba Fuenzalida, Matthew Ledwidge and Stefan Laxness, as well as with the lab leaders and Research Associate, Pedro Soler. Together, we will perhaps deconstruct some of the apparatuses historically and contemporaneously used to generate narrative, quantification, authorization and even 'reality' through what have been proposed as scientific truths, to the world.
Making, Engagement and Reflexivity
As an artist and craftsperson, I am a 'maker'. My making is not only engagement on my part, with materials, concepts and sociopolitical moments, but also concerned with how others might engage with the ideas I present, the objects I create and the issues I bring to the fore. As an artist-scientist, one of the most encompassing approaches to presenting my work is to deeply reflect on how what I research, create and present may shape the reality I share with others. Art is understood already as reflexive, often presented in a gallery space that invites contemplation. Is science reflexive? Can science be reflexive if it is meant to be purely 'objective'? If so, how is it reflexive, and how do/can we engage with it in reflexive ways? These are some of the questions I will carry with me into the lab at the École polytechnique, in order to begin to understand what gets promoted, what gets accepted and what gets discarded from the story of reality as told through science.