My recently completed PhD minds this gap by proposing a praxis of dialogic art. I define this as art brought into being through exchanges between people as they interact with information, objects, and/or each other. Dialogic art considers structures of cultural co-production (collectivity, collaboration, participation, etc.) to better understand the complex interactions through which culture is authored.
My practice-based research insists that in addition to co-creating artworks and cultures of collaboration, cultural producers also co-author their individual and shared subjectivities through working together. Elaborating an interdisciplinary framework for engaging the reciprocities among these three areas (work, culture, subjectivity) remains core to my research.
Dialogic art draws on Mikhail Bakhtin's philosophy of dialogue, John Law's and Bruno Latour's work on Actor Network Theory (ANT) and post-structuralist ideas about compound-complex subjectivities, viz. experience of self where individualization and collectivization get all messed up. Key terms include: the dialogic, reciprocal relations, methodological mess, hybrid authorship, politicised not knowing, the post-collaborative condition and self-portraiture of a process.
A long time ago I received a BA in History and Art History from the University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada and then a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada. For several years I lived in Taipei Taiwan, where I studied Mandarin at National Taiwan Normal University (國立台灣師範大學國語教學中心) while working as a docent at The National Palace Museum.
At present I'm based London, UK but spend most of my time in other timezones and spaceslips working online and around the world.
Email me at marshabradfieldatgmaildotcomb Thank you