Festival: Traversing Topologies: Imagining worlds and knowledge with/through artistic research

Event title

Traversing Topologies: Imagining worlds and knowledge with/through artistic research

Conference Events

Launch: 25 September 2021, 10-18h, HSLU D&K

Extended Programme

12-14 May 2022, HSLU D&K, EDHEA, SUPSI & in between, on and off screen

“To conference” in the realm of artistic research means finding a way to get together, sharing experiences, approaches, methods, processes and results. As an experimental form of conferencing, "Traversing Topologies, Imagining worlds and knowledge with/through artistic research” is conceived with and through artistic research approaches and methods. Our aim is to provide a landscape to meet beyond the surface of standardised institutional and conference landscapes. We want to provide a form of exchange which lets us dive into deeper levels of artistic knowledge examination and production. To do justice to our interesting topic and to an organisational framework with intentionally challenging temporal, conceptual, and geographic conditions, we’ve decided to structure the SARN to conference 2021 as an event spanning between the one-day launch event on September 25 2021 and the two-day, festival like event on 12-14 May 2022. In this way we and our contributors all gain more time for preparation and we hope to thus be able to facilitate a more process-driven approach towards the main meeting. From September 25 2021 onward, we will accompany and document some of the developing projects on our website until their presentation in May 2022.


Topology, lexical definitions:
- the relationships between positions of geo objects
- an organizational principle of traffic-related spatial planning
- the philosophical theory of place or field
- in mathematics, the study of continuity and continuous deformation, of properties such as dimension, compactness, and connectedness

Topology is to an equal extent an over- and under-determined topos. It exists nearly independently in various individual disciplines, refers foremost descriptively to the arrangement of things in space-time, takes the surface as its point of departure and seems to be an optimal location for carrying out seemingly objective measurements, rather than being perceived as a formable matrix. The conference highlights the potential to develop thinking and acting in complex topological-relational networks. It seeks proposals, statements, perspectives and speculations for the intersection of existing knowledge spaces. Superficial cartographies of order are to be unsettled and re-mapped, subjectivized toward the layers that underlie them.