Art as Research

Opportunities and Challenges

Edited by Shaun McNiff

Art as Research

Edited by Shaun McNiff

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

240 pages | 15 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $18.50 ISBN: 9781783200016 Published October 2013
The new practice of art-based research uses art making as a primary mode of enquiry rather than continuing to borrow research methodologies from other disciplines to study artistic processes. Drawing on contributions from arts therapies, education, history, organizational studies, and philosophy, the essays critically examine unique challenges that include the personal and sometimes intimate nature of artistic enquiry and the complexities of the partnership with social science which has dominated applied arts research; how artistic discoveries are apt to emerge spontaneously, even contrary to plans and what we think we know; how truth can be examined through both fact and fiction as well as the interplay of objective and subjective experience; and ways of generating artistic evidence and communicating outcomes. Offering examples from all of the arts this volume will be welcomed by researchers and students in many fields.

Ross W. Prior

Shaun McNiff

Introduction to Part I

Opportunities and challenges in art-based research 
Shaun McNiff

Art as enquiry: Towards a research method that holds soul truth 
Pat B. Allen

Art-based enquiry: It is what we do! 
Mitchell Kossak

Mentoring and other challenges in art-based enquiry: You will figure it out 
Bruce L. Moon

Art-based research as a pedagogical approach to studying intersubjectivity in the creative arts therapies
Nancy Gerber, Elizabeth Templeton, Gioia Chilton, Marcia Cohen Liebman, Elizabeth Manders and Minjung Shim

Performance as art-based research in drama therapy supervision 
Robert Landy, Maria Hodermarska, Dave Mowers and David Perrin

Where are the five chapters?: Challenges and opportunities in mentoring students with art-based dissertations 
Sally Atkins

The risks of representation: Dilemmas and opportunities in art-based research 
Jean Rumbold, Patricia Fenner and Janine Brophy-Dixon

Improvisation and art-based research 
Nisha Sajnani

Know thyself: Awakening self-referential awareness through art-based research 
Michael A. Franklin

The feeling of what happens: A reciprocal investigation of inductive and deductive processes in an art experiment 
Malcolm Learmonth and Karen Huckvale

Introduction to Part II

A critical focus on art-based research 
Shaun McNiff

Frames of enquiry: Perplexity, self-integration, pregnant images 
Robert E. Innis

Expecting the unexpected: Improvisation in art-based research 
Stephen K. Levine

On creative writing and historical understanding 
Kelsey McNiff

On the seam: Fiction as truth – what can art do? 
Debra Kalmanowitz

A more complete knowing: The subjective objective partnership 
Jordan S. Potash

Knowing what is known: Accessing craft-based meanings in research by artists 
Ross W. Prior

Art-based research for engaging not-knowing in organizations 
Ariane Berthoin Antal

Art as a mother tongue: Staying true to an innate language of knowing 
Tamar Einstein and Michele Forinash

Shall I hide an art-based study within a recognized qualitative framework? Negotiating the spaces between research traditions at a research university 
Tawnya D. Smith

Trusting the felt sense in art-based research 
Laury Rappaport

Painting research: Challenges and opportunities of intimacy and depth 
Barbara J. Fish

Capturing the transient 
Corinna Brown
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