It is said that poiesis is a way of knowing. What do we really mean by that? Is the kind of knowing that happens in the arts different than the kind that happens in scientific inquiry? Are we expecting too much of the arts when we ask them not only to move us but also to teach us something new? And what about the proper way to know art itself? Should we use art to know art – or do we need to step outside of poiesis and go to theoria to understand art as it should be understood?
These and other questions are especially relevant when, on the one hand, there is a greater and greater demand for “evidence-based research” (even when it’s not clear what “evidence” means) and, on the other hand, “art-based research” becomes the slogan for a variety of approaches to research that employ the arts in one way or another. We live in a time when boundaries are crossed and sometimes crossed out – do we lose something when we plant ourselves firmly in the territory of both art and science? Is poiesis enough? Or do we need to supplement poietic knowing with “theory”?
This issue of the POIESIS journal features contributions using art as research, thinking about art as research, and thinking and showing how art itself is to be known. Articles, poems and images from both the fields of the expressive arts and of media and communication all deepen our understanding of the art of research.
Authors: Stephen K. Levine, "Poiesis and the Understanding of Art: A Conversation with Jean-Luc Nancy," "What are Philosophers for? An Interview with Judith Butler," Wolfgang Schirmacher, "On the World View of a Vita Activa," Christopher Fynsk, "At the Stove with Ferran Adrià," Shaun McNiff, "The Open Space of Art-Based Research," Sabine Silberberg, "Knowing Not- Knowing: Rethinking Research as an Art- Analogue Process," Koenig, Schild & Hufschmid, "Seeing Art as RAW DATA: Artistic Transformation," Kelly Clark/Keefe, Jessica Gilway, and Emily Miller, "Maps, Flesh & the Radicant: Mobilizing the Expressive Arts and Arts-Based Research to do a Conceptual Translation of "Science-as-Usual," Vachel Miller, Katrina Plato, Kelly Clark/Keefe, John Henson, and Sally Atkins, "Love Letters, Notes and Post Cards: About Pedagogy, Ways of Knowing, and Art-Based Research," Ellen G. Levine and Stephen Levine, "The Beauty That Sustains: An Arts-Based Research Exploration of Expressive Arts Therapy with Children," Lisa Herman, "Playing with Auschwitz: A Liminal Inquiry into Images of Evil," Carrie MacLeod, "Per-formingHome: Spinning New Scripts for Re-Search," Jena Leake, "Living Nel Mezzo: Becoming an Artist/Researcher/Teacher/Therapist in the Expressive Arts," Kathleen Vaughan, "Map as Theory,Theory as Map: Meditations from the Middle of the Journey," Patrick Phillips, "Performance as Research-A Double Fold."
Poets: Daniela Elza, Stephen K. Levine, Dorota Kozusznik-Solarska, Stella Audonoff, James P. Lenfestey, Marc J. Straus, Thomas R. Smith, Wes Chester, Judith Greer Essex, Norman Minnick, Emily Fiddy, Carrie MacLeod, Elizabeth Gordon McKim, Jean Luc Nancy.
Artists: Mowry Baden, Paulette Phillips, Chris Cran, Don Gill, Mowry Baden, Wolfgang Laib, Marin Majic, John Newsom, Lucy Pullen, Matthew Thomson, Chris Cran, Rowesa Gordon, Andrew Harwood.