Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts (Research Methods for the Arts and Humanities)

Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts (Research Methods for the Arts and Humanities)

By: Hazel Smith (editor), Roger T. Dean (editor)Paperback

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This book addresses one of the most exciting and innovative developments within higher education: the rise in prominence of the creative arts and the accelerating recognition that creative practice is a form of research. The book considers how creative practice can lead to research insights through what is often known as practice-led research. But unlike other books on practice-led research, it balances this with discussion of how research can impact positively on creative practice through research-led practice. The editors posit an iterative and web-like relationship between practice and research. Essays within the book cover a wide range of disciplines including creative writing, dance, music, theatre, film and new media, and the contributors are from the UK, US, Canada and Australia. The subject is approached from numerous angles: the authors discuss methodologies of practice-led research and research-led practice, their own creative work as a form of research, research training for creative practitioners, and the politics and histories of practice-led research and research-led practice within the university. The book will be invaluable for creative practitioners, researchers, students in the creative arts and university leaders. Key Features *The first book to document, conceptualise and analyse practice-led research in the creative arts and to balance it with research-led practice *Written by highly qualified academics and practitioners across the creative arts and sciences *Brings together empirical, cultural and creative approaches *Presents illuminating case histories of creative work and practice-led research

About Author

Hazel Smith is a Research Professor in the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney. She is author of The Writing Experiment: strategies for innovative creative writing (2005( and Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara (2000). Hazel is also a widely published writer, performer and new media artist. Her latest volume,The Erotics of Geography, 2008, is accompanied by a CD-Rom of works with Roger Dean. Roger Dean is a Research Professor in the MARCS Auditory Laboratories, University of Western Sydney. He has published five books on improvisation, and is a former university president and medical research institute director. A composer-improviser, he is the founder and director of the sound and intermedia ensemble austraLYSIS, of which Hazel is also a member.


Introduction; 1. Practice-led research, Research-led practice: towards the Iterative Cyclic Web, Hazel Smith and Roger T. Dean; Section I: Methodologies of Practice-led research and Research-led practice; 2. Making Space: The Purpose and Place of Practice-led Research, Graeme Sullivan; 3. New Media: the 'First Word' in Art?, Simon Biggs; 4. Knowledge Unspoken: Contemporary Dance and the Cycle of Practice-led Research, Basic and Applied Research, and Research-led Practice, Shirley McKechnie and Catherine Stevens; 5. Practice as Research through Performance, Baz Kershaw; 6. Beach combing: a fossicker's guide to whiteness and indigenous sovereignty, Anne Brewster; Section II: Case Histories; 7. Integrating Creative Practice and Research in the Digital Media Arts, Andrew R. Brown and Andrew Sorensen; 8. Mariposa: The story of new work of research/creation, taking shape, taking flight, Kathleen Vaughan; 9. Sustaining The Sustainable? Developing a practice and problem-led New Media Praxis, Keith Armstrong; 10. Nightmares in the Engine Room, Jane Goodall; Section III: Creative Practice and Research in Education and Politics; 11. Acquiring Know-How: Research Training for Practice-led Researchers, Brad Haseman and Daniel Mafe; 12. Asking questions of art: higher education, research and creative practice, Judith Mottram; 13. The Academic Mode of Production, Sharon Bell; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780748636297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780748636297
  • weight: 429
  • ISBN10: 0748636293

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