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The Art of Questioning - Post-Grad Interest Group

Written by Post-Grad Community
Published date 03 October 2019
Led by Dr Daniel Rubinstein d.rubinstein@csm.arts.ac.uk - contact Daniel directly with any questions about the seminar.

The Art of Questioning research seminar at Central Saint Martins (CSM), London, UK is dedicated to a rigorous and playful engagement with the multidimensional fabrics of our post-contemporary world. For the artists, philosophers, designers, scientists and explorers that comprise the seminar, The Art of Questioning explores the question/s of method, and in particular the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ (not to mention the ‘who’, ‘where’ and ‘when’) of art based research, and more specifically, how art-led approach to research can try to ‘make sense’ of the augmented reality we inhabiting; multiple dimensions of distributed and artificial intelligence, curved time, pandemic lockdowns, populist politics, climate emergencies and Instagram accidents.

In this series of seminars for doctoral students, we will attend to the question of method. What does it mean to have a method? How can the methodology of your project be developed and brought to light? We will approach this question by looking at a number of radical, critical and provocative writers who have different and often contradictory approaches to method. From the highly methodological to knowingly avoiding the entrapments of a system. In each case we will be asking how the limits of one’s own language contort and determine the tasks of thinking. This condition of questioning the basic assumptions of one’s discipline or technique can be called ‘art’. This also forms the research questions of one’s thesis.

Disclaimer

For all of you who are new to doing ‘proper’ philosophy or theory: no previous knowledge of philosophy is required. This is a seminar that will help you learn how to think (as distinct from ‘what’ to think). Eventually it will make some kind of sense in relation to the project you are working on (whatever it is).


Post-Grad Interest Groups at UAL

A growing number of issue specific, cross-disciplinary interest groups led by postgraduate students and academics are supported by us.​

​These groups connect creatives with shared research interests across different subject areas.​