Paysages de l'holocène : une expérience de connaissance par la création d'art

Authors: Boutet, Danielle
Advisor: Chaîné, FrancineCarani, MarieLacasse, Serge
Abstract: Paysages de l’holocène (Landscapes of the Holocene) is an art-based research project exploring the thought process and form of knowledge related to artistic practice. Artistic practice is located within transdisciplinary inquiry as a way of knowing associated to Gnostic epistemologies such as the sacred, alchemy and hermeticism. The research is based on the creation of five works (36 paysages de l’holocène, Labyrinthe, la Courbure, Pierres gravées et Quatuors de l’holocène), each infused with an awareness of history and geology, and soaked in cosmic and existential emotionality. These works evoke our human presence on earth, particularly our human gaze — at once contemplative and constructive — upon the world. Subtitled Une expérience de connaissance par la création d’art (an experience of knowing through the creation of art), the dissertation examines the reflection processes taking place in the making (the poïetics) of the five works. It hypothesizes that art creation is a non objective form of knowledge, a feeling of signification, an experience of Being: i.e. a participative epistemology in which the subject of the work, the knower (the artist) and the mode of inquiry itself (art) are revealed at once, in the same process. Through a detailed narrative of the creative process, we come to see that creation is in/formed by a “studio cosmology” specific to the work, singular and non dualistic, defining the operations and the thinking of the artist. The essay draws from several artists’ writings, and texts on art-based research, aesthetics, history of religions, systems thought, and transdisciplinarity, to comparatively describe art in relation to the Sacred as defined by M. Eliade and G. Bateson : as a mode of consciousness and a mode of Being. It proceeds to locate art in a transdisciplinary context, establishing it as a paradigm of the “creative faculties” (W. Heisenberg) operating in the “zone of non resistance” described by B. Nicolescu. Yet, far from claiming to be a general theory of artistic knowledge, the essay returns upon itself and appears as an adventure in theory creation: a creative process in its own right, a “meta-work” of both aesthetic and written nature, living in an imaginary dimension of knowledge.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2009
Open Access Date: 16 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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