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Research Statement

Interests and Approach

With a foundation of deep exploratory work in visual arts disciplines such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation, my research and academic expertise have expanded into interdisciplinary fine arts and emerging practices. The focus of my research is on the conceptual, cognitive, technological, poetic/expressive, reflexive, and socio-political aspects of fine arts and contemporary culture. I am interested in generative art methodologies, in consequential values of art practices, and in the interrelatedness between human creativity and society. I investigate heterogenous phenomena relating to visual arts, science, technology, and culture. Appreciating human inventiveness in the arts, science/technology and in everyday life, I aim to recognize its qualities, to assess its consequences, and to identify its perspectives. This is a collaborative work with partners in various disciplines across a global networking range.

Artistic

In art projects, I address the creative, technical, and relational aspects of generative systems. I explore generativity by defining new ways to integrate various media renderings with the specific expressive, narrative, experiential, and reflexive values of emergence. Combining my technical training with thorough education in visual arts disciplines, my practice is founded on research, and is stylistically open. I make art through learning, by facing the challenges of my imagination, flexibility, and sense of humor.

My working methodology integrates study and introspection with concept development, technical experiments, and production. It employs the principles of reduction, clarification, and optimization for making compact and effective projects, and for presenting them clearly and concisely. Both theoretical knowledge and technical skills are essential for realizing my ideas, and I access them by questioning their creative scopes, ideological imperatives, shortcomings, and contradictions. This includes the exploration of various tools, techniques, and technologies, the inquiry into related poetic approaches, and critical assessment of their historical, economic and political contexts.

Theoretical

I have been developing an extensive research agenda which examines the conceptual, cognitive, expressive, ethical, and socio-political aspects of artistic creativity. Drawing on a well-established discourse in art studies, my research is informed by computer science, physics, biology, and cognitive sciences, which allows me to combine critical thinking with empirical assessment, and to cultivate an awareness for the fallacies and biases that manifest in the arts, science/technology, and in my own work. Practical insight into the methodologies, requirements, and limitations of these related activities is an asset that enhances criticality and improves the efficiency of reasoning.

I appreciate the artificiality of writing as a communication tool, and consider general limitations of language as a system for relating events, knowledge, beliefs, and emotions. I write in order to share my ideas, observations, and insights in a straightforward way, so I strive to make clear statements, and to both support and challenge my views with concrete examples, sources, and references.

Research Agenda

My intermediate-term research agenda integrates four project tracks:

1. A Critical Framework for AI Art (Book)

2. Generative Art (Book)

3. New Media Art Research System

4. Transdisciplinary Framework for Fine Arts Education

Outline of the agenda is available upon direct inquiry.