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Mika Elo, Professor of Artistic Research, Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki. Talk at Centre for artistic research PDA event 5.3.2019.
When an artwork is prepared, studied, discussed, evaluated or experienced with regard to a research context, its epistemic potential becomes an issue. At the core of the kind of activities that we tend to call "artistic research", we can find gestures that weigh the ways in which this potential could be redeemed. Today, these gestures are often discussed in terms of "expositionality" and "translation". My presentation aims at demonstrating how and why these gestures of exposing and translating deal – perhaps even necessarily – with delicate nuances, just as any translation.