Ecologies of Intimacy is a hybrid research and practice-based investigation into the ways in which digital and networked technologies influence the way we experience intimacy, and our ability to create relations with others (people, things, places) that are intimate.
Ecologies of intimacy is about environments, processes and bodies in relations. Engaging with people, artworks, sciences and technologies intimacy is a framework, a concept and expectation of particular kind of life: intimate life, or a desire to have an intimate life. As Laurent Berlant suggests intimacy ‘involves an aspiration for a narrative about something shared, a story about both oneself and others that will turn out in a particular way’ where ‘the inwardness of the intimate is met by a corresponding publicness’ (1998, p. 281). And indeed, this research project hovers in that awkward space between intimacy as way to know the self and way to be with other(s), and the public space where the self becomes part of ‘intimate publics’ (Berlant, 2008, 1988).
To stay connected to these perhaps opposing, yet complimentary concepts and experiences of intimacy, I start with intimacy as a relational matter. Relationality in intimacy is a framework I take to investigate intimacy as remote experience. Remote Intimacy is the focus of Fabrica to rethink intimacy as it happens today across distance and across different devices and media. Remote Intimacy is a title of a call for artists recently launched by Fabrica, and my research fellowships is linked to it. And so to think about relationality in intimacy means to pay attention to the environments in which intimacy takes place, processes and senses which sustain it (or not). The title of my research Ecologies of Intimacy articulates this focus.
This blog will record research notes and other activities related to the research process during my fellowship as AHRC Cultural Engagement Research Fellow at University Sussex and Fabrica between March and July 2016 and beyond. As any research diary, this blog is always in process and constantly evolving; more of a sketchbook , note-taking space. This about page will also change throughout the project, it will be updated and redefined as the work and research on intimacy progresses.
Can this blog become an intimate research journal? What would it mean for research and for the format of writing, recording and investigating intimacy as an intimate enquiry?
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Part of Remote Intimacy project, Ecologies of Intimacy starts with the assumption that intimacy is a relational process, and asks questions: how does it takes place and who/what takes part in creation of intimate spaces and experiences. Intimacy, usually considered as personal and experienced in private, is nevertheless influenced and shaped by technologies, institutions and social processes. And so while considering intimacy today, I am interested in those outside forces such as technologies, interfaces, institutions that influence intimacy.
My name is Magda Tyżlik-Carver. I am independent researcher and curator and currently also a Research Fellow with Fabrica/Brighton and University of Sussex.
In my interdisciplinary work I investigate relational arrangements of humans and nonhumans and their biopolitical creations through curating in/as commons, future thinking, affective data and data fictions. This research is firmly situated within the posthuman condition where feminist and decolonial thinking support deconstruction of traditional subjects i.e. curator, commons, resources and communities. Often working in collaborations I produce curatorial formats that bring together people, machines, software and data in temporary performative arrangements. My curatorial and reserach projects include playing practice (2009), turning language into objects (2009), common practice (2010, 2013), Ghost Machine (2012), Ghost Factory (2013, 2015), University of the Village (2012, 2015), Future Thinking for Social Living (2015).
I recently completed my PhD thesis at Aarhus University (DK) titled: Curating in/as Commons. Posthuman Curating and Computational Cultures. The research explores how activities of curating and participation are influenced by computation, and it experiments with practices of curating and commons as actively influencing computation.