With Unease as Predicament: On Knowledge and Knowing in Artistic Research on Music
2013 (English)In: Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning, ISSN 0081-9816, Vol. 95, 25-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The point of departure is Henk Borgdorff's characterization of the relation between the communities of traditional scholars and of artistic researchers as uneasy. With a short look at the relationship between music and science historically, this unease is revealed to be recurrent, but the origin in Pythagorean thought can serve as a corrective to a purely theoretical attitude. The question of knowledge is pivotal. George Steiner has suggested that the springs of creation lie beyond reach for research. However, artistic research seems to promise a better understanding of the creative process. This kind of research is often, by the researchers themselves, said to fathom tacit, non-discursive, even ineffable knowledge, as opposed to the explicit knowledge of ordinary research. In the article, it is however argued that such an opposition cannot be upheld: artistic research gives voice to tacit knowledge, making it explicit; scholarly studies on music are not closed to the aesthetic impulse; in both fields, explicit knowledge has excited aesthetic expression. Finally, instead of seeing reflective discourse as a problem in artistic research, it is suggested that new ways of letting the world be formulated in language should be striven for. Here, the aesthetic impulse brings a productive unease to both theory and practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 95, 25-39 p.
Artistic research, sensuous knowledge, knowability, creativity, innovation, aesthetic singularity
Research subject Musicology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99068OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-99068DiVA: diva2:686251
Special issue on artistic research in music2014-01-102014-01-102014-02-25Bibliographically approved