An Indefinite Series of Discontinuous Acts is an experiential research project exploring how arts-based research methods can deepen inquiry into critical theory, wit a specific focus on emergent themes in culture studies. Engaging the MIECAT Form of Inquiry – a phenomenological research method developed by the Melbourne Institute of Experiential and Creative Art Therapy (MIECAT) – in relation to the theses of PhD and Masters students at the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Zohar Iancu and Jad Khairallah), the project aims to uncover and present the potentialities of arts-based approaches to academic practice in creating and disseminating inclusive and multi- sensorial forms of knowledge.
This project is supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Australia.
‘…the human body is defined in terms of its property of appropriating, in an indefinite series of discontinuous acts, significant cores which transcend its natural powers. This act of transcendence is first encountered in the acquisition of a pattern of behaviour, the in the mute communication of gesture: it is through the same power that the body opens itself to some new kind of conduct and makes it understood to external witness. Here and there a system of definite powers is suddenly decentralized, broken up and reorganized under a fresh law unknown to the subject or to the external witness, and one which reveals itself to them at the very moment at which the process occurs.’-
Phenomenology of Perception, Maurice Merleau-Ponty 1962 (174)
Zohar is currently undertaking her PhD in the Lisbon Consortium Culture and Performance Studies program at the Catholic University of Lisbon. She graduated in Psychology and Sociology at The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. She also holds a Diploma of Research and Documentary Argument from the Open University of Israel, from which he graduated with Honors. She has a special interest in the symbolic boundaries between Academy and Art, knowledge production mechanisms and feminist theory.
Jad Khairallah received his Masters degree of Arts and Design from Notre Dame University (Lebanon) in 2014. After five years of working in Interior Design, he is currently a Doctorate student at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa in Culture Studies with a research focus on the shocking visual image and its cultural influence. Through an interdisciplinary model, he is interested in the visual perception behind the screen, the relation it holds with its surroundings and the impact visual image has on identity.