Dizziness—A Resource: Dizziness and the Compossible Space in Research-Creation

Anderwald, Ruth; Feyertag, Karoline; Grond, Leonhard

‘Dizziness’ implies notions of physical and emotional disequilibrium, staggering, confusion, uncertainty, and turmoil. This article discusses dizziness as studied by the research-creation Dizziness—A Resource, a project that examines it as a possible resource for creativity including the concept of the ‘compossible space’. Inquiring when, where, and how dizziness arises and affects us, this article proposes that the concept of dizziness can provide a critique of simplistic views on creative processes. In its reflection, dizziness exposes related emotions as movements that propel the individual in a certain direction or perspective. Moreover, making dizziness’ emotional and spatial movements productive requires an enabling environment – a compossible space. In close cross-disciplinary cooperation with moving-image art, philosophy, and creativity research, this research-creation provides insight into the creative potential of dizziness and explores it in theory and practice, approaching dizziness and compossible space as both object and method.

Emotion, Space and Society, Special Issue Vertigo in the City