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Dizziness - a resource

Project team:
Ruth Anderwald, Leonhard Grond, Kathrin Wojtowicz

Funded by:
FWF - Austrian Science Fund | PEEK (AR224)


FWF | PEEK project
led by Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond, Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies
Projektlaufzeit: 1.3.2014 – 30.6.2017

When I came in I was confused, when I came out I was full of ideas.
(Eilean Hooper-Greenhill)

Dizziness arises locally, and situationally, and combines various elements. It can clear, cause a great stir, move heaven and earth, it destabilizes. Dizziness according to Plato is creating the constitution of all philosophical thought by destabilizing the basis of knowledge to a state of uncertainty.

For the artistic research on Dizziness-A Resource , fine artists Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond will study dizziness, comprising its complementary areas of experience and reflection on dizziness. Based on artistic, art-historical, philosophical and natural scientific sources, they will address questions with respect to contemporary art and to relevance for their own work.

The artistic research shall present dizziness in relation to the viewpoints of the above disciplines, and illumine its impact on contemporary artistic practice, namely artists' takes on moving image. By investigating when and how dizziness occurs, considering the experience of dizziness on the one hand and the reflection on dizziness on the other, the artistic research shall present verification of the following assumptions:

  • Dizziness can be seen as a paradigm, a power of innovation and transformation.
  • Traces of dizziness are to be found within transformation processes.

The result of a three-year working period shall establish a substantial and valuable body of artistic research material. The artistic film will employ an interdisciplinary methodology to provide insight into the research assumptions and will clarify open questions concerning the latent potential of dizziness as a resource.

With their oeuvre, Anderwald and Grond have introduced a series of videos, experimental films, photographs, and installations and they have continually widened their perspective by combining their artistic practice with other fields of the arts as well as theoretical and art-historical research.

Together with PhD candidate Kathrin Wojtowicz (film and media science, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna) and expert consultants from the fields of philosophy, medical science, physics, creativity research, cultural studies and art history, the artists will define the latent potential of dizziness for transformation and innovation.

The planned artistic e-publication and the artistic film shall present the project's findings in a context that combines the perspectives of the various disciplines involved in order to cast light on dizziness as a source of transformation and innovation. If art and science are regarded as two dimensions of the same cultural space, it seems appropriate that in the quest for a better understanding of the potential of Dizziness-A Resource , they must join forces.