In the context of developing research activities and their communication, research projects in both scientific and artistic research fields including doctoral students were invited to present their current research in five to ten-minute videos.
As the artistic research project started mid-May, this video-lecture is an introduction to the field to provide background for the definition of dizziness and further proceedings of the artistic research. Through defining and examining dizziness in previous projects, we arrived at the following hypothesis: re-orientation in, and navigation through, states of dizziness can only be achieved together, with respect to the social and spatial structures and agencies that form our environments, which then led to the current research questions:
- How can we navigate together through, and out of, dizziness?
- How does dizziness influence, alter or shape our social, digital, and physical environments?
- How do our social, digital, and physical environments influence, alter or shape the experience of dizziness?
Starting with the research questions, the lecture summarises the cross-disciplinary research around the field and puts dizziness in relation to the different scales attributed to dizziness, from personal experiences of vertigo to collective experiences of re-orientation, as, e.g., in the current Covid-19 crisis.
Thank you for your excellent presentation. It was very impressive to watch your video animation and the “dance” piece within it. I shan’t go into massive detail about your work, but it has obviously been a very well thought out research thus far and is very fine tuned.
There were a couple of things that I’d like to focus on then. Firstly, your term of dizziness. Personally, I feel that it doesn’t work to have dizziness as your main title and would prefer the German “Tumault” instead and I will explain why. The definition of dizziness does not go into the areas you have outlined in detail in English quite as it does in German. You’ve given yourselves quite a bit of creative license there and I wonder if it might be better to use the German word and have the English as a subtitle or in brackets next to it. Nevertheless, if your gut instincts tell you dizziness is correct and should not be altered, then I would, if I were in your shoes, explain that you’re re-appropriating the word and giving it a new definition. You need to state that dizziness has not been, to date, sufficiently defined and therefore your new definition is necessary. Dizziness is quite a “light” word, without the depth that you have given it, so I would be a bit careful.
The other aspects then of dizziness, in its definition, are biological. You could also add the dizziness one feels when their blood circulation is poor as when one suddenly stands up and feels dizzy because of this. There is also the spiritual phenomenon of the whirling dervish. This religious dance consists of spinning around faster and faster and faster, however, instead of the whirling dervish becoming dizzy and falling down, they go into a spiritual trance and can continue this far quite long periods of time. I would therefore look into the absence of dizziness in that particular circumstance.
There are a few more things that we can discuss further about your approach to your work in private if you like. I would enjoy meeting you to do so. Good luck with your research and hope to meet you one day soon.
Dear Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond,
Thanks so much for the presentation of your research project!
Immediately reading the title I got intrigued by this unusual but fascinating subject matter and was astonished by the material you already produced in the realm of the project.
Your concept of the line-struck face is a very nice way to underline the feeling of being dizzy as well as hint at the lines of a high wire that you also mention in the video. Reading out complex theoretical approaches to the subject matter do the rest to creating a slight feeling of being dizzy. Interestingly enough, my mind got to rest a bit when your presentation came to a more graspable visual experience with the very disorientating 360 degree video and the part of kinetosis.
I liked your summary leading from the plants and birth experience to the sense as meaning, making a full circle back to your theoretical beginning to dizziness. One fact that was a bit unclear for me was the strong connection you are drawing between dizziness and anxiety as I would have imagined dizziness to be more connected to other factors such as the mentioned kinetosis, intake of substances or irregular movements. Isn’t fear also sharpening our senses and rather doing the opposite of dizziness?
Ending with the generative potential of dizziness is a strong point that I would like to see further developed as I think this is very much undervalued in our society, same as unstructured processes and laziness are doomed by our capitalistic world. Tying dizziness to the effects of the current pandemic is also one very interesting aspect in my opinion.
I am looking forward to hearing more about your research and the outcome!