Departing from her recently published volume Reclaiming Artistic Research (2019), Lucy Cotter’s lecture will propose that artistic research needs to be salvaged from the shadows of academic definitions and institutional agendas. Drawing on the book’s dialogues with artists worldwide, she will foreground how art’s open-ended ways of knowing and unknowing open up through play, and through material and embodied practice, challenging the terms of academic discourse.
Sharing her new research-in-progress, Cotter will consider how narrow definitions of human intelligence have impoverished and misdirected fields like neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and robotics. She will highlight the renewed urgency of art’s interventions in knowledge production, offering examples of artists who address racial and cultural bias in new technologies, and challenge the ways in which A.I. datasets and digital heritage databanks produce new forms of inequity.
Lucy Cotter, an internationally renowned writer and curator, developed one of the first MA programs in artistic research in Europe, the Master Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague from 2010-2015, with an experimental practice-led curriculum and extensive public programme. Her latest book Reclaiming Artistic Research (Hatje Cantz, 2019) was launched at the Research Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale. She is currently working on an experimental play entitled The Entangled Museum, which circles around issues of restitution, cultural beliefs, and the limits of acceptable knowledge. Previous curatorial projects includes being curator of the Dutch Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale 2017, and co-curator of the transnational artistic research project Here as the Center of the World. Cotter holds a PhD in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam and has lectured at several academies in Europe and the US. She is Curator in Residence 2020-21 at Disjecta Center for Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon.