Messy Moments of Noticing: A multilinear framework for aesthetic observations in interactive documentary
This is a PhD completion seminar for Hannah Brasier. From the abstract:
If the world is disordered, chaotic, and complex, does listing to aesthetically notice, in multilinear documentary maintain the world’s messiness?
As recognised by John Law, Andrew Pickering, and Ross Gibson, in the fields of social science, science, and arts practice respectively, the world is a disordered and restless arrangement of people, animals, plants, elements, that is, stuff, in relation. For Law the “world is vague, diffuse or unspecific, slippery, emotional, ephemeral, elusive or indistinct, changes like a kaleidoscope.” Pickering considers the world to be “continually doing things,” and Gibson notes that the world is filled with “always unfolding occurrences.” Mess, is then, the unpredictable and changing nature of things as they perform in the world. As practices, across multiple fields, tend to simplify and then reduce this mess through linear thinking, how can we conceive of a practice that finds a way to acknowledge and engage with the world, to maintain its messiness?