Chalmers Conferences, Transvaluation: Making the world matter

In order to practice knowledge
Susannah Haslam

Last modified: 2015-08-18


In order to be in a position to re- and trans- valuate the current culture of institutionalised knowledge, we must locate the roots of the issues we encounter at the face of the institution. By unearthing the troubles of the institution on the ground and in practice, we can attempt to isolate these problems so as to exorcise them from within. This paper presents a set of propositions that endeavour to counter the issues of institutionalised knowledge, its languages, sites of production and its subsequent mobility within the evolving spaces and dimensions of artistic research. By drawing on the examples of expositionality and contemporary self-organised practice, as such propositions towards moving beyond the limitations of conventional academic and non-academic research, I hope to be able to question the bindings of knowledge to language, the institution (symbolic and physical), to the historical traditions of academic exclusivity and the contemporary issues of institutional horizontality.


Knowledge; language; artistic research; expositionality; selforganisation


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