This essay is about extensive artistic practices, which focuses on the artist-as-theorist. That means there’s potential pathways which can link artistic practices and theory. Ideas and actions can be linked in new ways. It examines the changing patterns and sites of visual arts inquiry. “Visual art” is not only a descriptive or representational form, but also a means of making images which can reveal new knowledge.
The author explain the relationship between theories and practices in three aspects: Making in Systems, Making in Communities, and Making in Cultures.
What I found interesting is the art practices of traveling in culture. The artists work as a ethnographer, use the form of visual art to real the new knowledge of humanites. Firstly, that means artists open up new system for art making. There are new visual forms and structures as new possibilities for the field of other knowledge. It also relates to both making in communities and making in cultures. On one hand, artists change their research sites form studios into the community. On the other hand, because of the globalization and technological advances, more and more artists work in different sites across the world. They move between and among cultures, leaving native place and going from one place to another in their life. Here artists do self-reflective through “otherness”—surroundings and objects. They show how they think about who they are in that way—the experience of “self-fashioning.
Here is a example for making in culture. Ah Xian, a Chinese artist now living in Australia exhibits his work inter- nationally. He struggles to explore the cultural values of his homeland and the adopted country. And use the art form of porcelain as a vehicle to think the culture knowledge of the old and the new, the east and the west.
I found the chapter is really related to my project. I also work with the local community, and travel in culture. The reading is very helpful.