Transformational Practice

On the Place of Material Novelty in Artistic Change

Authored by: Stephen Scrivener

The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  October  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415581691
eBook ISBN: 9780203841327
Adobe ISBN: 9781136897931


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What is the relationship between research and art? This is the central question in the international, academic debate around the topic of arts-based research. This way of putting the question places the emphasis on the relationship between the one thing and the other, setting them apart from the outset. This is my emphasis, but it is strongly evident within the literature in expressions such ‘research into art’, ‘research through art’, ‘research for art’, ‘arts-based research’, ‘practice-based research’, etc. 1 All such constructions separate research and art, framing thought such that it excludes the possibility that the practices of art include practices that merit the label research, or that its products include outcomes that contribute to knowledge and understanding.

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