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Review of Michael Schwab (ed.), "Transpositions. Aesthetico-Epistemic Operators in Artistic Research"

Theodor Barth
What I have learned from reading—or, working my way through—the book reviewed in this piece, is that a) the concept of transposition is multiple and needs a polythetic definition [like the strands/fibres of a rope] to be readable across the contributions in the volume; b) it gives no place for a reader-over-and-above the text-materials gathered in the anthology [cf. Donna Haraway’s god-trick], but she must invent herself as a reader in each contribution.
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Review of Johanna Schindler, "Subjectivity and Synchrony in Artistic Research: Ethnographic Insights, Culture and Social Practice"

Manuel Ángel-Macía
Discourses and discussions of artistic research are often characterised by their rhetorics of positivity and potentiality. Such discourses are usually premised on an optimistic celebration of the potentials of artistic research as an emerging space for academic production. Either as a conventional protocol or a more cynical attempt to manage the field, this core positivity continues to inform claims about what artistic research can or cannot do.
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