18.30 duration 20 minutes during the Drinks Reception
Dr Kerry Power : How can diffraction support art-making process?
The application of diffraction in a theoretical context is supported by the physical phenomenon The physical phenomenon occurs around us just as light, sound or water for example encounter matter Picture a single light source illuminating an object and casting a shadow. The shadow fringe displays overlapping light waves that intensify at the edge. Similarly, waves of light can compete and cancel each other out, creating a diffractive pattern. This example can be used as a starting point to understand how diffraction can be used as a conceptual model and applied to knowledge formation (Barad, 2007).
In the keynote presentation, I work through Karen Barad’s (2007) theorisation of diffraction and interrogate my application as an art-making tool. My use of diffraction in this context demonstrates a combustible sum of melting, active, sifting and overlapping applications to embrace difference as co-constitutive or intra-active (Barad, 2007). My artwork is projected throughout the presentation to support this process.
Kerry Power works in the faculty of education at Monash University, Australia. She has taught early years, primary and secondary pre-service teachers educational research and art education. She is a practicing artist and researcher working primarily in the field of digital artmaking, educator virtual intra-action and new materialism.
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