Artwise: Translating research into art

Artwise: Translating research into art

Date: Monday 19 June 2023
Time: 11:00 - 15:00
Venue: St Andrew's Bld, Room 227
Category: Public lectures, Academic events
Speaker: Małgorzata Dawidek

Keynote by Małgorzata Dawidek (The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL)

Narratives of intimacy: Remarks on the relationship between social research and artistic practice

Abstract: The keynote will explore creative ways of linking social science research with artistic practice. During the illustrated presentation, particular emphasis will be put on the role and importance of social science research as a source of art and the development of ethical and aesthetic vocabularies in the artistic process. These issues will be discussed based on the Zone Out series, being an artistic reflection on the Migrant Essential Workers Research Project, a pioneering investigation led by a group of social scientists from the University of Glasgow who examined the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the living and working conditions of migrant essential workers in the UK. The talk will raise key questions on how the power of the story of the other can influence artistic work. How can ethical artistic narratives of trauma and vulnerability be created while avoiding crossing the boundaries of an artist and narrator's intimacy? The framework of the talk will be situated between analysis of the photographic representations of human emotions, methods of artistic movement research and selected aspects of Judith Butler's theory of vulnerability, the notion of trauma underlying Rosi Braidotti's affirmative ethics, and Małgorzata Dawidek's original concepts of bodygraphy and affective artistic practice.

Małgorzata Dawidek is a visual artist, writer and art historian. Her cross-disciplinary work is focused on the relation between the condition of the human body and discursive language, illness narratives, politics and the imagination of the body, and representations of vulnerability in the history of art and literature. Dawidek combines a wide range of media in her art, including performance, photography, video, drawing, and text. She collaborates with other artists, academics, volunteers and institutions participating in conferences, research groups and artistic residences (Design Museum, Holon, ISR, 2020; VARC, Highgreen, 2018, UK). As a scholar, she researches visual literature and is the author of 'A Piece of Poetry' (2012) and 'A History of Visual Text. Poland, post-1967' (2012) awarded by the Polish National Culture Centre's prize for the best PhD dissertation (2010). She was also awarded the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage grants (2002, 2004, 2020), 'Young Poland' scholarship for outstanding young artists (2012), a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2004-2005), and the British Federation of Women grant (2017-2018). Her works were selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2016), and she won Signature Art Prize (2020) and Hastings Open Prize (2022).

DISCUSSANT: Dobrochna Futro (University of Glasgow): Translating or translanguaging? The role of art in research



The workshop will involve a series of lightning talks:

  • Art as research for all ages by Mirna Šolić & Elwira Grossman (University of Glasgow)
  • Falling out of love with the UK: Lockdown and Brexit for EU citizens living in the UK by Lucia Ruggerone & Charlie Hackett (The Robert Gordon University)
  • Negotiating the intricate field of ethics in visual research by Taulant Guma (Edinburgh Napier University) & Yvonne Blake (MORE: Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment)
  • Artivism? Visualising migrant lived experiences by Sharon Wright & Anna Gawlewicz (University of Glasgow)


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