The Primacy of Practice: Establishing the Terms of Reference of Creative Arts and Media Research
This chapter seeks to define some of the key terms at play in discussions of practice-based arts and media research, and places this endeavour in its institutional setting. A review of the various forms of arts research currently being practiced in higher education reveals the marginalisation of the forms of research and project development conducted by artists in the course making their work, which the academy is loath to acknowledge. To advance the artistic research paradigm, we may need a broader historical perspective on artistic research. The historic avant-garde pioneered a revolution in arts pedagogy in the first decades of the twentieth century, and this provides the basis for the emergence of a tradition of artistic theorising and research practice that we can continue to learn from. The chapter sketches the model of artistic research that emerged at this time, and argues that this still has cogency for contemporary practice-based, creative arts and media research.
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