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The Future of Arts Research

The Future of Arts Research

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Innovative Skills Training for Practice Research in the Arts

This programme of innovative skills training is geared toward those involved in practice research, generally, and arts research, specifically. The nature of the training is inherently interdisciplinary, devised and developed by researchers across Fine Art, Performance and Poetry. The training will be suitable and beneficial to researchers at any stage of their project’s development and, while specifically relevant to artist researchers, will be open to researchers in any field.

The programme entails four skills workshops, each dedicated to a key element of practice research. The workshops are scheduled on the following two days:

Workshops 1 & 2:        Wednesday, 4 October 2017 @ 11.00 – 18.00

Workshops 3 & 4:        Wednesday, 21 February 2018 @ 11.00 – 18.00

All of the workshops will be held at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Participants may sign up for individual workshops, or may choose to attend the entire series.

Workshops include:

Question

What is the shape of a question? To whom is it addressed? Are questions always verbal or are there other ways of posing them? How do questions guide research and how do they allow us to get lost? Can we understand practice as a mode of responding to questions, and how does this raise the question of ethics?

Information and materials for this workshop can be found on:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/btc0mnrolojphym/AABSaGk_zzM1JPR668-1J0fYa?dl=0

Date: Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Time: 11.00-14.00
Location: Goldsmiths, University of London (Room t.b.c.)

Workshop Leader: Professor Kristen Kreider (Goldsmiths)


Method

Here we will look at innovative research methods for practice research. We will look at how research methods are drawn from and developed from singular art, performance and poetic practices. We will also experiment with more general, qualitative and quantitative methods from across the arts and sciences to see how these can inform a method drawn specifically from practice. (So, for example, we might experiment with the archive, with statistics, with the interview, with the laboratory.) And we will spend some time discussing the reasoning, or irrationalities, that drive our method, thereby approaching methodology.

Information and materials for this workshop can be found on:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fhxozqyu3w2yz1h/AAAwFiPSzaINPSXMCyGzxMRLa?dl=0

Date: Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Time: 15.00-18.00
Location:
Goldsmiths, University of London (Room t.b.c.)

Workshop Leader: Dr. Nina Wakeford (Goldsmiths)


Documentation

Documentation is, arguably, one of the most important practice research skills. It is through documentation that one is able to communicate the ‘rigour’ of a research project, doing so in and through the often complex aesthetics of practice. In this session we will explore aspects of documentation including the role of image, moving image, sound, score, diagram, writing; the importance of sequence, narrative, detail, speculation. We will consider what to edit in and what to edit out of documentation and explore ideas and techniques relating to fact, fiction, description and point of view. Ultimately, our aim will be to develop an art of documentation specific to practice research.

Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Time: 11.00-14.00
Location: Goldsmiths, University of London (Room t.b.c.)

Workshop Leader: Dr. Johanna Linsley (University of Roehampton)


Dissemination

The dissemination of practice research outcomes can take many forms. What is important is for the dissemination of the research output to adequately communicate research findings to other researchers in a specific field or discipline (here, Fine Art, Performance, Poetry) and more widely. In this session we will look at the importance of communicating research to different audiences, both specific and more general, and examine how different modes of dissemination can be contoured toward this. We will look at ‘the exhibition’, ‘the performance’, ‘the book’, ‘the video’, ‘the website’ as different modes and media of dissemination. We will think about the differences between documentation and dissemination – and here, again, we will think about what is included and what is not. We will also think about dissemination in relation to what kinds of public a research output can reach and affect, ultimately endeavouring to think about the impact of practice research in terms of an ecology of mind.

Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Time: 15.00-18.00
Location: Goldsmiths, University of London (Room t.b.c.)

Workshop Leader: Oreet Ashery (Ruskin School of Art)


Funding for this event is provided by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE).

Spaces are limited and applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis through the online booking form below. Applications must be received by the following deadlines:

Workshops 1 & 2: Wednesday, 20 September 2017 @ 17.00

Workshops Sessions 3 & 4: Wednesday, 7 February 2018 @ 17.00

Confirmation of a place and further information on each workshop will be circulated at least one week in advance.

For any queries, please contact Professor Kristen Kreider (k.kreider@gold.ac.uk).


Name *
Name
Sessions you would like to attend
Workshop 1 - Question - 4 October 11:00-14:00 *
Workshop 2 - Method - 4 October 15:00-18:00 *
Workshop 3 – Documentation - 21 February 11:00-14:00 *
Workshop 4 – Dissemination - 21 February 15:00-18:00 *
Do you consent to being photographed for purposes of promoting this workshop or in evaluation and reporting? Images may be used on institutional websites, social media and print materials. *