A short blog picking up some themes about the knowledge and understanding that go into an inquiry.
I watched a good show last night on the performance artist Marina Abramovic last night documenting the exhibition she had at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
It brought up some questions about how performance art was related to dance. In this case, I was thinking of Martha Graham and the way that Abramovic also related to her partner.
This also brought up some questions as I discussed the professional inquires with Korli and Cathy about the use of disciplinary studies in the inquiry.
Some of these go unstated, but as this piece of work represents a 'three year' process in its final year, wouldn't you expect either contextual or practical references from disciplinary or sector sources (graphic design, dance, performance, inclusive practice, education/training/coaching, etc.) to be pointed out as informing the inquiry process? Is this not a part of the insider researcher's role to gain knowledge and understanding within their field as well as using that knowledge to explore other areas of practice?
Do the people planning or doing their inquires make a distinction between disciplinary and sector related knowledge?
Coming bak to Abramovic and Graham, the delivery of performance and performance art, Abramovic's work was said to be not about theatre but about real experiences... and the use of the body was presented in a particular way that might be interesting to compare to how Graham conceived of and performed her works. My discipline has been fine arts - and I remember one of my tutors explaining performance art by doing a performance piece in the lecture theatre! It was about morning rituals and had the smell of coffee and the movements that relate to dawn and starting the day. Performance art has a particular history and perhaps distinct conceptual underpinnings, I would have to look these up if I were doing a serious analysis, but I hope this example makes sense to others now beginning to think through their own inquiry work.