Research Statement Tutorial 2

Tutor: Gareth Polymeer

Friday, 4th October 2019

UK time 11.30
Voice-call on Skype

The purpose of this tutorial was to review the overall paper and its development.  We have started by looking how I have embedded the previous suggestions into my statement.

Our discussion focussed on the idea that there is a distinct difference between the perception and understanding of the world using scientific theories and through the prism of art.  This was further extended by bringing additional elements into consideration, such as ethics, morality and the broader society.

We have started to discuss the pivotal and ground-breaking concept of anschaulich, which was developed by Heisenberg.

Gareth proposed an alternative avenue for investigation and elaborated on possibility of  very interesting questions:

‘What both, art and science, have to say about reality?’

‘How can artworks be reinterpreted in the light of anschaulich?’

Scientific instruments aim for establishing greater and greater precision and certainty, while part of the process of art is to open up new questions.

We have agreed that imprecision and uncertainty are much more exciting than a continuous scientific drive for achieving perfection.

I feel that Gareth during this 30 minutes tutorial has given me a number of potential possibilities for further refinement and consideration.  He reinforced that my research statement is developing steadily and making excellent progress in terms of answering my research question.

Research Statement Tutorial 1

Tutor: Gareth Polymeer

Thursday, 1st August 2019

UK time 11.30

Voice-call on Skype

I have presented an outline of my overall intentions for the research statement to Gareth. He was keen to find out what I was hoping to achieve and why. He also asked for the reasons behind the choice of my theoretical framework and its relationship to the dialogue between both art pieces analysed.

Following a very constructive feedback, Gareth suggested two possible avenues for further development of the existing body of writing:

1.  Art allows us to experience uncertainty and risk in a totally different capacity to the sciences and philosophy. It deals with an emotionally charged reflection rather than an empirical analysis of these phenomena. Therefore, art formulates new perspectives of embracing and understanding the world, which are far beyond the empirical and tactile experiences.

2. The nature of art encourages people to create responses, which frequently provoke and disturb, fostering the consideration of ethics. This is of significance for society and brings a deeper thinking beyond politics and religion. It is deeply rooted in our knowledge of mortality and uncertainty. Therefore, both pieces are significant in theses contexts and attract a great amount of debate about humanity and ethical considerations.

I plan to explore the above thoughts further in my research statement.

Presentations of Early Ideas for My Research Paper.

I presented my proposal for both, the title and abstract during an online chat with Jonathan Kearney and a group of 12 fellow students on Tuesday, 4th June 2019. It appeard that all my feedback came from Jonathan and Alexis, while others reminded silent.

My proposition was relatively well commented on. I have also received a number of constructive suggestions regarding looking at alternative directions of research into relevant ideas and supporting philosophy.

The key points for consideration are below:

  • Alexis – search for certainty against the acceptance of imprecision.  How will you sustain objectivity throughout your enquiry?

I am analysing uncertainty through the prism of both artefacts and supporting this investigation with a theoretical framework – Heisenberg, Russell and others.

  • Jonathan – balance the emotional response to both artefacts with a more objective exploration

Through interweaving theoretical reviews and responses to both artefacts in the light of my research findings.

  • Alexis – life is suspended in the element of chance.

I am looking at theories, which include risk, chance and belief to support my analysis of research findings.

  • Jonathan – caution, be careful , when using words such ‘universal’ and ‘complete’

My idea was to indicate a direction of my ambitions by using the word ‘more’ universal and complete.

Perhaps, I will rephrase as:

develop a more holistic and broad understanding…

  • recommendation from Alexis was to look at other philosophers, such as Schrodinger.

I am looking at both perspectives: from the traffickers to those being trafficked.

  • Jonathan – usually, the pressure is to seek the most objective position, but art is about emotion.  Therefore try to engage with the emotional side of such works.

I plan to include elements of my interpretation of these works and their impact on me without changing the tract of thought in the paper.

All in all, the feedback received and suggestions for further research were very useful in terms of broadening my horizons in preparation for the composition of the first draft of the paper.



Research Paper – New Developments

Since designing a skeleton of the first draft, I have immersed myself in reading on the discovery by Heisenberg. This new knowledge has allowed me to extend on the line of questioning in my writing.

I am currently on a train to Belfast. I am using this time constructively by exploring the following paper by Russell, which I find very inspirational.

“Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy”

By Bertrand Russell

I will update this post with scans of my further notes and corrections, as soon as I get a chance to scan them and upload onto my blog. I feel much more positive about this research undertaking and feel, that the learning from my current research will substantially influence my practice and the development of further images, especially the new versions of Punhane Means Secret and Beautiful Stranger.

Research Report – Early Ideas

I have immersed myself in reading and exploring the Uncertainty Principle by Heisenberg.  I have also tried to support my thinking by looking at Russell and his Theory of Knowledge, Hume and Kant.

The focus of my work is to critically analyse two pieces of art, which question the idea of uncertainty:  How It Is by Balka and Barca Nostra by Buchel.

Scans of my first ideas are below: