Towards a Polyphonic Essay as Form

Ross, A. C.M. and Meikle, G. (2017) Towards a Polyphonic Essay as Form. ELSE Journal(2), pp. 116-125.

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This co-authored article reflects upon the form and process of the project “A Polyphonic Essay on Intimacy and Distance” commissioned for the Transart Triennale 2016. The reflection on this process locates itself in four core areas: the essay as form, polyphony, performativity and liveness, which we believe underpin and articulate this collaborative project and its relationship to the imperceptible self. This article seeks to articulate “A Polyphonic Essay on…” as a model; a model which, as a curatorial collaboration, we are applying to other themes with careful consideration paid to its staging, to engagement with interlocutors and to the presentation of artworks. A prototype has been formed, but with inherent litheness dependent on thematic. It is proposed that the prepared, yet flexible “liveness” scaffolds and allows the in-process conversation to unfold, rooted in the artwork it presents. This article discusses our approach to curating the first iteration of this ongoing collaborative project with particular attention to our methodology: one that is in-dialogue and contingent. Although the project’s thematic focused on the concepts of intimacy and distance, this article does not discuss these terms. Instead we focus on the performative scaffold that we as curators structured the project within, drawing from the artworks, the commissioned artists’ practices and the cited material uttered during the event, with an aim to set forth an approach to the curatorial particular to this collaboration.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ross, Dr Alexandra
Authors: Ross, A. C.M., and Meikle, G.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:ELSE Journal
Publisher:Transart Institute
ISSN (Online):2334-2765

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