Instead of there being a separation of subject and object, there is an entanglement of subject and object, which is called the “phenomenon.” – Karen Barad
This investigation began when Yonat (CAS artist) was inspired by an interview with Karen Barad about ‘The Material Imagination’. It re-orders the traditional view of time, space, and matter. When she shared it with us, the six of us present found it so rich we decided to continue exploring the ideas, – each session being hosted by a different artist.
Session 2, Material and Imagined Phenomena, 5 May, 2016
Preparation for Discussion Notes
Session Hosted by Maija, artists present: Kimvi, Yonat, Dawn, Tom
I am interested in the entanglement between subject and object – object and object – artist and artist. That which can be referred to as phenomena or more poetically: alchemy. To explore this idea as a group, I asked each artist to bring an object to share.
To invite discussion I extracted from the interview, my brain, and Yonat’s notes three quotes that relate to the idea of entanglement:
“Instead of there being a separation of subject and object, there is an entanglement of subject and object, which is called the “phenomenon.” – Karen Barad
My current understanding: The idea that to bring the inner world outward — as an artist does — is a response-ability. You choose and that effects the results your get. The intra-action between two or more (of anything) is the ‘phenomena’. You inform the phenomena by what you focus on.
As artist-researchers, diffractive methodology can be understood as a state of mind that expects the researcher to examine her/his object of research as it is in the world in which she/he is included”. – Yonat Nitzan-Green
My current understanding:
The artist is both the actor and the medium acted upon. So too is the audience, and in the entanglement or exchange, the phenomena is made. – Maija Liepins
I started the session by reading each statement aloud and giving each one plenty of space for response and discussion. The artists that were present last month helped to explain what was meant by the terminology of diffraction and intra-action etc which I think helped embed the understanding as well as extend it to others.
The intra-action between artists and objects began when we began to introduce our objects, make connections and share our stories. We then moved into improvised play in the sprit of previous CAS ‘Creative Jams’. For my reflections on the experience, check out my new post ‘Resonance and Entanglement‘. Eventually the objects eventually came quite naturally to rest, in a co-created, spontaneous arrangement:
Maija: Pestle and Mortar
Kimvi: Rocks from Charmouth Beach (collected during CAS Artist Retreat in February)
Dawn: Metal, weathered, rusted objects x2
Yonat: Pen and thread pulled from bedsheet