Art Writing in the Art School: practice-as-research and its untidy validation by text

Neill Overton

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Abstract

The conference theme of inter-discipline is one where my background in teaching both art practice and art theory was relevant to the discussion of the increasingly divergent views of the impact of practice-based PhDs on the types of art writing resulting from this concomitant activity. My paper addressed the conference theme of "art writing" through reflection on the imbalances in practice-as-research models of higher degree research, and was entitled: Art Writing in the Art School: practice-as-research and its untidy validation by text Practice-as-research is the shifting dichotomy between "art writing" and "studio practice" as different models of research. Whether one is the research, and the other the validation of that research - is the question explored. It requires a different form of "art writing" in respect to its unequal anchorage to practice. Arguably the University model readily defines "writing" as research, preferring to see the action of "making" as if it is a form of "data collection", the results of which are then "written up" at the conclusion of its art experiments. Art practice is tolerated as if a magician's party trick, conducted prior to the serious business of "translating" practice into written thesis - notionally, that all art research requires "validation" by text. http://aaanz.info/aaanz-home/conferences/2013-conference/Art Association of Australia and New Zealand 2013 conference
Original languageEnglish
Pages6
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInter-discipline - AAANZ conference 2013 - University of Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 07 Dec 201309 Dec 2013

Conference

ConferenceInter-discipline - AAANZ conference 2013
CountryAustralia
Period07/12/1309/12/13

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