With this research I am interested in learning: how to better interpret, to understand implicit information/intuition with greater nuance. In learning more about the information that is expressed pre-verbally, what can be learned about human experience and sense-making?
Through phenomenologically based interviews, we “…explore human experience…we investigate conscious activity in so far as it perceives itself unfolding…at once habitual and pre-reflective. (Varela, Depraz, Vermersch.) What does the audience experience in their chest during performance? What are the sensations present as they take in this information about intuition? What do they experience in their gut as this improvised dance unfolds?
Rather than asking participants to fill out forms or to tell a story of what they remember, these interviews seek to bring the interviewee back, to re-visit – so to speak – a specific moment, several times. “Experience is suffused with spontaneous pre-understanding…pre-understanding itself must be examined since it is unclear what kind of knowledge it represents….” (Varela) The interview seeks to cull out traces of this pre-understanding.
In doing this type of performance-research a reciprocity exists with the audience: paying-attention and being-paid-attention-to; those interviewed are afforded a new perspective on their own way of being in the world. Too, “the style and values of the research community itself are transformed” (Varela.) The project pushes the notion of how art practice might relate to rigorous research, expanding ideas of appropriate terrain for learning. AND – if lucky – an ounce more of light may be shed on understanding implicit knowledge/intuition, social sense-making and human experience in general.
At further stages, this methodology aims to relate to scientific third person research in a looping back and forth; that one might inform the other in a pragmatic manner. My hope is that these interviews might function as a spring board for scientific collaborations in such areas as Microbiome study, cognitive science, cardiology, neuroscience or more.