The Social Studio

  • Rhizomatic Residency

    The Rhizomatic Residency project will involve five residents for multiple weeks, including a mix of local (Edinburgh) and non‐local interdisciplinary artists, running simultaneously. The goal is to compare and contrast the parallel residencies in Minneapolis and Edinburgh, to determine how phenomenology of place affects the artists’ creative processes, and the expansion and push beyond relational aesthetics as a practice. This will be done through methods such as post, Skype, internet projects and exchanges, engaging both the pre‐ and post‐residency moments and chosen by the core residents themselves.

    The experiment will be documented and distributed 1) in a book and 2) another kind of enduring product deemed suitable by the participants (e.g., event, film, happening, exhibition, electronic literature, etc.) which will stand peer review. For my practice‐led research PhD, I plan to create a set of rhizomatic, situational residencies unique to the Edinburgh and Minneapolis landscape, architecture, and artists, as described above, plus write a dissertation of my analysis of this creative work in combination with the analysis of results from data‐gathering strategies using a mixed methodology research approach.

    Through these sets of created and observed residency experiments, their enduring documentation (e.g., artifact), and a new set of important data introduced to the field, I will advance the field of Contemporary Art Theory and Practice. I will present an analysis of possible conditions for the recent surge in group‐studio phenomena to have come about, including new data on phenomenological and place‐making factors.