The Hermeneutic Dialogic: Finding Patterns midst the Aporia of the Artist-Researcher-Teacher.Report as inadecuate

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This paper considers one researcher's challenge of marking his progress in reading/studying Jacques Derrida's "Aporias" (1993) by what he calls the continual hermeneutic of making meaning. The paper places the "Aporias" reading in the setting of a weekly research group whose research cycle was creating meaning in and out of the work being done and the continuing dialogues with(in) it. One of the paper's segments consists of an (inter)[texture]al performative to be read with an 11-minute video from a 1-hour studio/gallery session edited into approximately seven minutes with four minutes of visual contextual framing entitled, "(Re)searching Sculpted 'Aporia': (Re)learning (Subverted-Knowing) through Praxis." The paper details the researcher's notations from his research journal written before the video sequence at the end of the second week of the gallery exhibition in January 2000. It documents the researcher's difficulty in "holding the three hats of artist/researcher/teacher" to stay afloat--teaching three courses, doing research, and being in the "aporia" of his praxis. The paper concludes that, without the reflexive researcher role, the relationship of the praxis to teaching would be lost from the conscious equation, from the place where it really matters, from the why of the entire thing--what it is--how this triality artist/researcher/teacher connects. (BT)

Descriptors: Hermeneutics, Interpretive Skills, Reader Text Relationship, Research Methodology

Author: de Cosson, Alex


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