Making a Laboratory

Dynamic Configurations with Transversal Video

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Abstract

Making a Laboratory defines a new audiovisual embodied research method that short-circuits experimental practice and video recording to generate new kinds of data and documents. Overturning conventional hierarchies of knowledge, “Dynamic Configurations with Transversal Video” (DCTV) grounds both discursive and audiovisual knowledges within the space of embodied practice. In this concise book, nonbinary practitioner-researcher Ben Spatz situates the DCTV method in the context of artistic research and alongside emerging audiovisual methods in other fields, while highlighting its unique characteristics.

Across six focused chapters, the book introduces DCTV as a queer feminist adaptation of Jerzy Grotowski’s “poor” theater laboratory; defines its core elements, drawing on a range of thinkers including Giorgio Agamben, Rebecca Schneider, and Hito Steyerl to examine power, identity, and documentation in lab practice; and lays groundwork for a radical reinvention of audiovisuality from the perspective of embodiment — the audiovisual body. In addition to making DCTV available for wider use, Making a Laboratory synthesizes insights from historical epistemologist Hans-Jörg Rheinberger and philosopher of science Karen Barad to offer the first rigorous definition of laboratoriality outside a technoscientific paradigm.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrooklyn, New York
Publisherpunctum books
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Feb 2019

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NameAdvanced Methods: New Research Ontologies
Publisherpunctum books

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Spatz, B. (Accepted/In press). Making a Laboratory: Dynamic Configurations with Transversal Video. (Advanced Methods: New Research Ontologies). Brooklyn, New York: punctum books.
Spatz, Ben. / Making a Laboratory : Dynamic Configurations with Transversal Video. Brooklyn, New York : punctum books, 2019. (Advanced Methods: New Research Ontologies).
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