Published on February 27, 2014
I went on this site visit after finding out I did not win the Altered commission, which was going to be the main practice research case study. Unable to think any further within the confines of my studio, I decided to go to a site to approach thinking about my research through a different method. I spent two hours walking around the Council run house and had a private tour of the servants quarters located within the basement. I am at the moment focusing my research enquiry further by defining my use of presence, and the relevance of site within this. My thinking, is that research practice done within the site of the studio is not able to actually research my enquiry, because this is missing the contextual frame that comes with site. This is linked to phenomenology of how we experience ourselves depending upon our relation to other things in the world. it is this phenomenological frame I employ to set up the use of presence, which is again a phenomenological enquiry. Both of these elements are used within my practice to create audience engagement. However, the work within the studio is missing the element of audience, as well as larger contextual frame of site. Therefore, I either need to develop the focus of my research in an alternative direction, which is less upon the presence of the audience, and more about my phenomenological relationship to the work. My thinking at the moment is to pin point what the research discussion is within my past work, which is at the moment framing the research enquiry, and then to develop a practical methodology which explores this further (which is manageable within my research limitations).