In Research in the Creative and Media Arts, Desmond Bell looks at contemporary art and design practice, arguing that research activity is now a vital part of the creative dynamic.
Today, creative arts and media students are expected to develop a range of research competencies and critical capacities in their creative project work. This book plots the basis for a research culture in the creative and media arts. It provides an illuminating genealogy of artistic research revealing the intimate connections between art and science over the centuries and identifying some of the founding figures of practice based, artistic research. Bell explores the research that artists undertake through a number of case studies, talking to a range of contemporary artists and media makers about their work and the role research plays in this. He also traces the dialogues between art practice and a range of other humanity disciplines such as history, anthropology and critical theory. His analysis reveals how contemporary art practice is now so locked into a set of interlocutions about process and purpose, that it increasingly resembles a research practice in and of itself.
Research in the Creative and Media Arts is a comprehensive overview of the relationship between research and practice, ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and researchers in the fields of art and design, art history and visual culture.
Section 1. Critical Parameters
Chapter 1. Creative arts and media research: key terms and perspectives
1.3.1 Research into the creative arts 1.3.2 Research through creative arts practice 18.104.22.168. Reflective Practice 1.3.3 Research for creative arts practice
Chapter 2. The research that artists actually do
Chapter 3. A research turn in the visual arts?
Chapter 4. The spectre of science
Section 2. Antecedents and Foundations
Chapter 5. The historical antecedents of artistic research: the Renaissance
Chapter 6. A science of art? theory and practice in the modernist avant-garde
Chapter 7. Utopian visions and material realities: artistic research and the revolution
Section 3: Interdisciplinary Dialogues
Chapter 8. Art and the sciences of man: reframing history
8.1 Method, craft and science in History
8.2 Material Memory: Exploring a family archive (case study)
8.3 The artwork as historiographical intervention: interpreting the Spanish civil war
8.4 Imaging the past: History film, The Enigma of Frank Ryan (case study)
8.5 Contemporary art and the engagement with history: Hito Steyerl's Der Bau and
Chapter 9. Artistic research and the human sciences: staging anthropology
9.1 An ethnographic turn in the visual arts?
9.2 The tarnished legacy of anthropology
9.3 Lens-based ethnography: documenting Dublin's docklands (case study)
9.4 Susan Hiller: a coming to terms with anthropological method
9.5 Trinh T Minh-ha: speaking nearby
9.6 The auto-ethnographic impulse in artistic research
Chapter 10. Artistic research and critical theory
10.1 Theory in the creative arts and media
10.2 Paradigms of the theory-practice relation
10.2.1. - positivism
10.2.2. - the interpretative paradigm
10.2.3 - critical theory
10.3 Exemplars of contemporary creative arts practice in the critical tradition
10.3.1. - Neil Beloufa’s game playing
10.3.2. - Niels Ackerman and Sebastian Gobert Looking for Lenin
10.3.3. - Mari Bastashevski’s State Business
10.4 Conclusion: Artistic research and critical theory