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Presentation by UWS doctoral researcher Ben Parry for the UWS Creative Practice/Research group seminar: 3 x 3 x 3, 23rd May 2011 For more information visit http://uwspracticeresearch.blogspot.com

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  1. 1. “The subjective artist and the objective academic”Ben Parry<br />
  2. 2. The use of practice in research and the methodology that killed the practitioner<br />Katy MacLeod’s research on PhD methodologies revealed candidates often suffered from "an acute anxiety about retaining their identity as artists”<br /> self-induced paranoia anxiety or valid cause for concern?<br />
  3. 3. What will a PHD do for - and to - my creative practice as an artist?<br />
  4. 4. ThedichotomybetweenPracticeandResearch in a practice-based model;between<br /> - subjectiveartist andobjective academic researcher<br />-self-reflective artist andanalyticalresearcher<br /> - tacit / experiential knowledge andcognitive knowledge<br /> “Art as a research tool” ?<br />
  5. 5. Questions to a practice-led researcher<br /> Q: Can you advance art through a PHD?<br /> <br /> Q: What do we understand within art/cultural practice as a ‘real’ contribution<br />to original knowledge?<br /> <br /> Q: What do we mean by knowledge in the context of art research?<br /> <br /> Q: By contributing to original cultural production, do we necessarily<br />contribute to theory or cognitive knowledge?<br /> Q: How do we develop methodology around practice that allows<br /> sufficient freedom in which creative thought and inspiration can roam?<br /> <br /> Q:How does art practice really become a ‘research tool’?<br /> <br />
  6. 6. Subjective Art and Practical Knowledge <br /> Research process as criteria of contribution to knowledge<br />Q: In what format is this knowledge to be represented?<br />Q: How does practice-based methodology balance the tacit dimension of<br /> practical knowledge? <br /> Q: How can we develop methodology around art practice?<br /> <br /> The artist as the pragmatist of empirical knowledge<br />unquantifiable space of ideas is without measurement<br />intuition –chance –improvisation –instinct – spontaneity - engineered serendipity - luring of accidents<br />Q: How do you write-in and account for the tacit dimension of a practice-based<br />methodology?<br />
  7. 7. ‘The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions’<br />Susan Sontag<br />

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