Connecting with children: An artistic present(c)ation leaping and contemplating being and becoming with children/swales/rock/water

Year: 2016

Author: Powell, Sarah, Crinall, Sarah

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

“How beautiful, takes me right there to droplets of water-forming-bodies”.“I am smiling because of the obvious enjoyment your children bring to you and their significance to your being”.“My tears (water droplets, part salty, part fresh/watery) were for my children and that I don’t question or notice their preciousness to me”.This presentation performs our meeting point. It shows the digressions and collisions that characterized our first encounter with each other in a collaborative research collective through the matter of research. Where the material is children/rocks/swales/water, we matter ourselves by examining our written responses to each other.In this presentation we want to leap from post structural feminist platform and play in posthuman intraactions, exploring the possibilities for becoming and being in the world. A series of email conversations form the basis of our dialogue exploring our worlds of children/swales/rock/water. These experiences are also considered in the broader collective’s theme of world-naming, the ways in which children name their world and intraact with natural entities that expresses both being and becoming. We play with the notion of ‘presentation’ and consider the arts, creative expression and creative combination (Carter, 2004) as ways of knowing (Grosz, 2008). We consider sense and sensation as offered by Deleuze in The Logic of Sense and Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation, and ask what happens when we allow ourselves to intraact in collisions and digressions with other matter of research. The presentation offers listeners a sense/sensation of watching children discover and name their worlds and a sense/sensation of us sparking as we discover children discovering in unspeakable and sensorial ways. As part of a research collective, we gift the audience with a series of intraactions (Barad, 2007; 2010) through music, art, poetry and dialogue in order to offer a glimpse of our collisions and digressions surrounding children and being. Our ‘present’, therefore, is an examination of our email exchanges as they exist within a ‘cation’ or positively charged group of atoms. ReferencesBarad, K. (2007). Meeting the universe halfway: Quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning. Durham: Duke University Press. Barad, K. (2010). Quantum entanglements and hauntological relations of inheritance: Dis/continuities, spacetime enfoldings, and justice-to-come. Derrida Today, 3(2), 240-268. DOI: 10.3366/drt.2010.0206 Carter, P. (2004). Material thinking: The theory and practice of creative research. Carlton, VIC: Melbourne University Publishing.Deleuze, G. (2003). Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation. London: ContinuumDeleuze, G. (2003). The Logic of Sense. London: Continuum.Grosz, E. (2008). Chaos, territory, art: Deleuze and the framing of the earth (Wellek Library lecture series at the University of California, Irvine). New York: Columbia University Press.