Artistic Research and the Queer Prophetic

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This essay examines the intersection of queer, trans, and feminist politics with a set of ideas emerging from artistic research, a developing field of academic practice. It begins with a discussion of knowledge and form, arguing that we need to reinvent the formal structures of academic knowledge production in light of the digital revolution. I then examine two sets of examples of the expanding form of the scholarly video essay: three from a videographic journal I edit and three from my own embodied and audiovisual artistic research practice. I propose that these examples allow us to rethink and perhaps even to reinvent the embodied situatedness of researchers, long considered central to feminist, queer, and trans theory, from a new perspective: that of the audiovisual body. I argue that the formal innovations of artistic research may be important resources for transforming the university, but that they cannot be rigorously activated without recourse to more critically oriented fields of study, including crucial work on the politics of identity. I offer the “prophetic” to name an emerging mode of articulation in which identity and knowledge are revealed in their inextricability through new forms and relations of embodiment, textuality, and audiovisuality.
Original languageEnglish
JournalText and Performance Quarterly
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Feb 2021

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