Constructing the Conditions of and Environments for Interdisciplinary Research on Perception and Action
This paper suggests ways in which art processes may contribute to the interdisciplinary study of perception and action and the relationships between body, person and environment. Artists-turned-architects Arakawa and Gins serve as the most advanced example of an interdisciplinary research project in terms of coordinating material processes with contemporary findings, methods and orientations from across the arts, humanities, hard and soft sciences. In the first section of the paper, I discuss the disciplinary positions and research values which often impede interdisciplinary research. In the second section, strategies through which Arakawa and Gins have repositioned art for the non-art purposes and common research goals are posited. Finally, Arakawa and Gins' procedural architecture serves as a model for the discussion of possible approaches to and the implementation of long-term sustainable experimental environments.
Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified