The Promise of a Scattered Methodology

This method of presenting research came about while looking for an alternative approach to re-present knowledge through a heuristic process of discovery. My journey began with Hunter Vaughan’s text; ‘Where Film meets Philosophy’, where, taking a processual analysis to think through cinematic strategies, Vaughan reflects beyond frames of reference, to challenge habituated thought processes.


Playing with research methods to mirror the disjuncture’s within my practice, led me to approach the presentation of my research using a loosely structured framework, adopted through the cinematic technique of montage / the essay film; available to view here. Removing myself from the process of presenting to perceptually place the audience alongside the absent presenter, created a psychologically tense zone, that prompted moments of reflection beyond the effable. Such instances require deliberation when jumping between silence and sound, and material manifestations that collapse between still and moving scenes.


Reflecting back to a research method report; written to form a structure with which to frame this critical report, it was unknown to me at that time that I had removed the ‘I’ from my writing, approaching the work with a predominant analytical perspective. During the writing of ‘The Promise of a Scattered Methodology’ I began retuning my voice, which became a cacophony of voices; an academic voice, a personal voice and a poetic voice.


Approaching the dynamic and unbounded space of this virtual world as a multimodal and psychical space, that operates through your interactive sense of awareness, ‘The Promise of a Scattered Methodology’ (2017) is a constellation of hollow spaces, where utterances and their echoes actively converse and remain inconclusive. Influenced by rhizomatic thinking (Deleuze and Guattari, 1987) this research methodology is an accumulation of punctuation’s, that are non-linear and non-hierarchical within a decentred and unbounded network, where you can wander, wonder, and form your own patterns of thinking, through a dispersed body of visual and literary encounters.