Spectrology and Hauntology with Paula Albuquerque and Lauryn Mannigel

24Apr2018 15:00 - 17:30


4th session of the Artistic Research Seminar organized by Paula Albuquerque

Lauryn Mannigel

Lauryn Mannigel's current research investigates the affective phenomena1 of embodied aesthetics and the social perception of body scent2. By questioning the historical repression of the sense of smell, which has been a part of Western aesthetics (Classen et al. 1994; Le Guerer 2002) since Ancient Greece, and the contemporary stigmatization of body scent in the Western world, her research explores the vital role that body scent plays in navigating social interactions and acquiring affective knowledge. Through the exploration of current perceptions of body scent and the expressions resulting thereof, Lauryn develops a novel method combining survey design and performance as research.

For the Artistic Research Research Group seminar, Lauryn will present initial research results on the affective phenomena of body scent based on a survey that accompanied her olfactory dating performance Love Sweat Love (2016), which was co-produced by Mediamatic for Museumnight Amsterdam. She will illuminate participants’ feelings towards attractively perceived body scent samples of others. Overall, Lauryn will give an insight into her research questions, methodology, and first research outcomes.

To attend her talk, Lauryn invites you to read to the following articles:

  • Sharman, R 1997, The Anthropology of Aesthetics: A Cross-cultural approach, JASO, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 177-192.
  • Chrea, C Grandjean, D Delplanque, S Cayeux, I Le Calvé, B Aymard, L Velazco, MI Sander, D Scherer, K.R. 2009,  "Mapping the Semantic Space for the Subjective Experience of Emotional Responses to Odor" Chemical Senses, vol. 34, pp. 49-62.

Optional reading:

  • Le Guérer, A 2002, ‘Olfaction and Cognition: A Philosophical and Psychoanalytic View ‘, in C Rouby, B Schaal, D Dubois, R Gervais, A Holley, (eds), Olfaction, Taste, and Cognition, pp. 3-15. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK) & New York.

You can find more details about her work on her website: https://laurynmannigel.me/

Paula Albuquerque: Beyond the Violet End of the Spectrum – Specter Visualization in the Age of CCTV and Drones

Contemporary society values digital media’s transparency and considers CCTV and drone footage as reliable evidence. This project tackles the need to foreground visual surveillance’s shortcomings in representing reality, by making experimental films and installations with CCTV and Drone Vision footage. Analogue photography’s documentary limitations have since long been identified and studied. Easy to manipulate, they fostered nineteenth century Spirit Photography’s polemic practice of allegedly portraying ghosts. Criteria to ensure a faithful representation of material reality were based on photography’s inherent capacity to embody an object’s trace (index or referent): the presence of the actual reflection of the object on photographic emulsion, aka material referent, differentiated between real and fake evidence. These criteria were disregarded by the so-called digital revolution and the advent of the “immateriality” of digital data. However, recent demonstrations of digital materiality identify the presence of “digital referents”. The latter could be translated as “scars” left on digital platforms by the production and transmission of visual data.
I stage experiments to look for digital referent-producing processes. I also intend to (re)create conditions for spectral imagery to occur. As an artistic researcher, firstly I perform experiments to find digital media’s documentary limitations and their capacity to produce visions (due to “malfunction” and manipulation); secondly, inspired by writings on Hauntology and Spectrology and computer forensics I reflect upon my artistic experiments and write about the manifestation of spectral imagery in new media. 
The first part of the project, the preparatory phase this presentation mainly engages with, includes an exhibition at Bradwolff Gallery in May 2018 where I perform intensive on-site research by displaying three works. These experiment with CCTV and Drone footage but also with analogue photography, when collecting site-specific light phenomena by building a life-size camera obscura. This exhibition is seen as site of research.

Short bio

Paula Albuquerque is an experimental filmmaker who completed her PhD in Artistic Research at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam). She currently teaches at and co-coordinates the Master of Artistic Research of the University of Amsterdam together with Dr Jeroen Boomgaard. She also teaches at the Honours Programme ART and RESEARCH and at the Moving Image Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy for the Arts. Albuquerque frequently presents work at conferences, such at NECS and Smart Cultures, and gives master classes, i.e. at the Pratt Institute in New York, and the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. Her films and artwork have been shown at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Bradwolff Gallery in Amsterdam, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and the Today Art Museum in Beijing, among others.


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