I am an artist working with public space as source and material. My practice involves participation and the public, and my research often cross path with the social sciences. For this reason I am interested in learning more about the subject of ethnography and its academic traditions. Particularly I want to understand more of its methods and ethical discussions when it comes to field studies.
I often focus on contested landscapes for research and field inquiries. The reason for this, is that investigations into such landscapes can expose underlying conflicts and political issues and tie them to concrete spaces and places. My question is if it is possible to discuss and experience the relevant topics trough additional means – such as time, place, body and senses – and embed them in a three dimensional reality more accessible than traditional forums for political discussion.
I would like to focus my research around the Gulf of Kalloni, the most prominent landscape feature on Lesvos. It is also where Aristotle conducted his research which led to the very first treatises ever written on the subject of biology. I am particularly interested in his concept of form, which his theory of biology is based on, and the biological process of information processing that he describes. I want to investigate the potential in using these two concepts as filters when engaging with the landscape of Lesvos and the people there during the field trip.