Research, process and practice

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Research, process and practice

  1. 1. defining practice
  2. 2. ask yourself questions lots and continuously what do you like doing? why do you make work? what’s your work for? what do you want from your work? what do you get from your work? what is your work about? who is your audience? where does the work go?
  3. 3. building a reference point(s)
  4. 4. art history music dance connections writing general history geography/place contemporary practice science
  5. 5. materials and process’s understand what you work with become an expert
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  7. 7. reflective practice
  8. 8. reflection in action - (while doing something) on action (after you have done it)
  9. 9. your making - contextual framework social personal political critical/ theoretical historical geographical institutional cultural
  10. 10. social context Making and seeing an image always takes place in a social context. The way it is seen and how it is seen are culturally constructed. Audience for work - who is included/excluded/implicated on the ways an image is produced, circulated and consumed
  11. 11. political context Specific political issue broad political issue gender - race - ethnicity - sexual orientation - class - disability - religion
  12. 12. personal context Biography - narrative of the self particular issues - memories What motivates/ drives you? Your particular skills as an artist/ designer/writer/photographer What strategies do you use when the work is not going well? How do you relate to the forces that in part condition what you know and in which you make things?
  13. 13. critical/theoretical context Does your work relate to particular critical debates about contemporary art and design practices? Is your work informed by/engaging with/contesting particular theoretical frameworks/issues?
  14. 14. historical context Understand how/whether your practice relates to a tradition, with a history How knowledge relates to periods in time.
  15. 15. geographical context Local, regional, national, international, global. Where do you make your work? Do you make your work in relation to a particular place? studio home church city rural cyberspace
  16. 16. institutional context MA Course - school of design Your educational background/experience Your professional background/experience Your family background/experience
  17. 17. cultural context In it’s broadest sense - ‘a whole way of life’ - this relates to all the other categories. More specifically, what works of artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, photographers, musicians are important to you and your work - why?
  18. 18. mapping your practice Any other contexts worth considering? Importance Overlapping change - evolution of practice
  19. 19. why develop context? vacuum learning position moving forward growing aspiration
  20. 20. Practical – moving forward – the doing photo archive databases bibliography studio work/portfolio practice-based research proposal reflective journal concept maps storage by colour coding - analysis - discussion - background - methodology - projects - review
  21. 21. Practical – moving forward – the doing Keep keywords in mind - spectacles and sieves – helps focus and select. Colour code to identify different types of information. Each article/book/moment – interrogate consistently – What? Why? Who? Where? How? When? It makes comparison easier. Note quality of information – clarity, accuracy, precision, brevity, depth, relevance, rigour, consistency, reason, effective analysis, synthesis.
  22. 22. The role/place of documentation writing diary reflective journal analysing D D reading making questioning D tape recording photographing questionnaire analysing analysing making notes writing reviews
  23. 23. making-thinking define research ideation prototype choose implement learn ideation (idea generation) – is the process of creating new ideas.
  24. 24. 3 - How? Practice based methodology criteria formal framework review of context structure / timescale methods external rational generation of Data issue problem challenge raised in practice 2 - why 4 - so what? play sieves critical analysis discussion /conclusions 1 - what is known? interpretations / meanings
  25. 25. stage 1 • finding the need • begin to wonder – what if... • could this be better – personal dissatisfaction • recognising gaps – professional stimulus • raising questions • strengths and weaknesses
  26. 26. stage 2 • the identification of a ‘hunch’ – leading to an identifiable question • so what....the wider significance - why is your research needed? • how are you going to develop an appropriate methodology? gathering, generating relevant • what do you hope to gain by undertaking research?
  27. 27. stage 3 • Initial search for information that supports your hunch • Initial feedback – peers
  28. 28. stage 4 • No apparent external rationale – could the work be too indulgent/idiosyncratic for a research project
  29. 29. stage 5 • Refocusing the initial proposal based on your discoveries so far
  30. 30. stage 6 • Mapping the terrain • Surveying the context – to increase understanding • Selecting what is relevant – evaluating critically • Identifying gaps
  31. 31. Stage 7 • Identifying a question • Using this to develop a plan • Aim, objectives, rationale, methodology, projected outcomes and outputs • Ethics?
  32. 32. stage 8 • • • • • • So far Planned the journey Mapped the terrain Located your position Now – crossing the terrain Modes of transport – methodology and methods
  33. 33. stage 9 • Interpreting the map • Evaluate – what is valuable, relevant, significant?
  34. 34. stage 10 • Conclusion - so what? • Critical evaluation – making visible • Identification of future research
  35. 35. to conclude - research should Be required and relevant – clear – an external, professional and personal rationale – a need Be intentional – envisioned, proposed, prepared for, strategic, planned, focused Be disciplined – rigorous, critical, ordered – it is a structured investigation Develop a research approach – initiation, context, methods, making findings visible Be revelatory – contributing new /alternative perspectives and insights Be public – open to public and future use

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