aim | 2017 – 2021
moved by being moved / to moving – AKA aim (agency is molecular)
is the title of the project page for the practice-based PhD project moved by being moved / to moving, which I am since January 2017 undertaking at the CREAM department of the University of Westminster, London.
moved by being moved / to moving – agency is molecular developed as recent research project out of the elder experiment, which ran under the acronym memacism. As ‘motion embedded mind agency concept’ it provided the first momentum to bring movement’s general undercurrents into research focus.
moved by being moved / to moving takes this further by combining and intertwining research and artistic practices. The concept of the project is outlined through the notion of motion. Methodologically movement provides the guideline in performative settings, which are regarded as experimental research constellations: Taking Karen Barad as a major an important source these thus become an apparatus in which the performer/researcher always already is embedded, thus gaining insights through agential cuts, i.e. momentary exteriority-within. It is a situated approach that interrogates the production of knowledge by looking at and also applying the rather underrated way of knowing through motion within European Universalism. This setting of the project has been installed for the attempt to investigate and push own ways of thinking without appropriation. The perspective taken within the project assumes that it is one out of many. Essential to the process is to focuses on unlearning (J.Singh) and delinking (W.Mignolo; C. Walsh) of universal claims that are connected to the researchers original education and understanding. In this way it is a listening to interferences to decipher anew what has been neglected, was denied, or misunderstood by pre-defined resonances. There is no claim to understand it the right way now – it is rather a constant learning process towards listening to the iterative performativity of matter (Barad), as it becomes expressed in the human, the non-human and the more-than-human.