Erasure and epoche: phenomenological strategies for thinking in and with devastation

Andrews, Jorella (2019) Erasure and epoche: phenomenological strategies for thinking in and with devastation. Issue 08: Erase (08). pp. 69-79. ISSN 2315-4802

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Title: Erasure and epoche: phenomenological strategies for thinking in and with devastation
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In this essay, I present a phenomenological approach to knowing, learning from, and teaching with what I call 'orphaned matter' - that is, images, objects or artifacts that are commonly regarded as 'mute', deactivated, or redundant because the meanings that accompanied their creation and journey into the present have been erased. Here, research is not directed towards the reconstruction of those lost contexts. Instead, counter-intuitively, researchers honour the gaps and losses that have occurred, however catastrophic, and work with what remains so that alternate insights, situated in the present for the sake of a different future, might begin to reveal themselves. Phenomenology is particularly well suited in this regard because, with its embrace of epoché, a profound openness to erasure is methodologically central to it. Epoché (or phenomenological reduction, and more broadly the suspension of judgement) sets in motion an investigative attitude in which researchers seek to have their inherited habits of thought—their presumptions— illuminated and where necessary disposed of. Notably, this occurs through the agencies of the phenomenon under investigation as it progressively reveals itself, on its own terms, as far as this is possible.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Issue08
Subjects: Fine Arts
L Education
Divisions: Centre for Research in the Arts
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2019 07:25
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2019 08:34
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/666
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