Pure Research number nineteen was led by Nita Bowerman at the Woodward Centre of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, on June 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2012.
Topic of research and goals: Investigate expressive states that authentically transfer feeling memory and amplify expressive impact.
General inquiry: To what extent can the expression of lived traumas be abstracted without losing emotional resonance?; Are there levels of abstraction that intensify emotional resonance?; Might abstraction also serve to invite an observer more deeply, honestly and unselfconsciously into a trauma?
Lead researcher: Nita Bowerman.
Participating artists: Emma Hendrix and Caroline Liffmann.
Nightswimming: Brian Quirt, and Rupal Shah.
Simon Fraser University: DD Kugler.