VIS about Exposition

Exposition is a term rich in connotations for the arts; it can describe anything from the way an artist arranges his or her works for public display to the way a composer presents the main themes and tonal conflicts that are then resolved through the developmental processes of Sonata Form. Because of this richness of association, it has been a happy choice as the collective name for the different presentational formats by means of which the varied insights and results of the artistic research process can be communicated and different artistic intentions and focuses set out.

Exposition is therefore a key concept in artistic research, and embraces various forms of production, viewing, interpretation, presentation and documentation; these may comprise the whole of the artistic artefact or event, but they can also be supplemented by other types of communication. The outcome of the research is presented in its own terms. The encounter with the exposition of the research therefore provides a key to understanding its aesthetic, epistemological, ethical, political and social content.

By developing different formats through which expositions can be carried out, the community of artistic researchers aims to address the challenges that arise when research is formulated and presented in forms that communicate through an artistically-conceived experience. VIS hopes to use expositions as a means of pushing the boundaries set by existing forms of research publication and dissemination around the ambitions and potential achievements of artistic research.