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Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research

Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research
Estelle Barrett, Barbara Bolt

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The measurement of the significance and 'impact' of research is absolutely paramount in today's academic world - as evidenced by the recent introductions of research assessment exercises in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research offers new and original ways of conceptualizing impact and innovation in creative arts research. This important book demonstrates how artistic research is capable of solving real-life problems and presenting transforming accounts of the world. What are the inventions and innovations of artistic research? What are the interdisciplinary applications of practice-led research methodologies and outcomes? In what ways can the methods and outcomes of artistic research benefit the broader community and creative and other industries? How can the impact of creative practice as research be demonstrated and more clearly articulated?

By articulating the inventions, innovations, application and broader uptake of artistic research in and beyond the field of art, expert contributors advance the claim that artistic research constitutes a new paradigm or 'successor science' that impacts on interdisciplinary research and in diverse community and industry settings. In often surprising and unpredictable ways, the inventions and innovations of artistic researchers are being taken up beyond the creative arts in areas such as fire fighting, computer interfacing and design, public relations, medical science, caring for the aged, local history making, museology, biofeedback technologies and a range of therapeutic settings. This is a timely follow-up to Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry and will be indispensible to researchers, institutions and research assessment bodies.

Table of Contents

Extending the Field: Invention, Application and Innovation in Creative Arts Enquiry
Estelle Barrett 

Chapter 1   
Beyond Solipsism in Artistic Research: The Art Work and The Work of Art 
Barbara Bolt

Chapter 2  
Blogging as Art, Art as Research
Lucas Ihlein

Chapter 3  
“Conversations Before the End of Time”: Refuturing Applications of a New Media Praxis
Keith Armstrong

Chapter 4  
Multimodal Research Applied to Decision Making by Incident Controllers on the Fire Ground
Valerie Ingham

Chapter 5  
Newspaper Printing Sites and The Spoils of Creative Research
Deborah Beaumont 

Chapter 6 
The Riches Of Ambiguity: Art as a Site for the Senses 
Jo-Anne Duggan

Chapter 7  
Real Fiction: Theatre and Creative Research 
Scott Welsh

Chapter 8  
Practice as Method: The Ex/centric Fixations Project 
Bree Hadley

Chapter 9  
Poetic Documentary And Visual Anthropology: Evoking The Subject
Cameron Rose

Chapter 10
Marking Exchange: Life-Drawing, Methexis and Intersubjective Praxis 
Margaret Mayhew

Chapter 11  
Making Sense: Exploring Materialist Pedagogies Through Imagination, Collaboration and Criticality
Carole Gray and Gordon Burnett

Chapter 12  
The Effective and The Evocative: A Spectrum of Creative Practice Research 
Jillian Hamilton and Luke Jaaniste

Chapter 13  
The Mode of Invention of Creative Research
Iris van der Tuin

Author Info

Estelle Barrett recently retired from the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne, where she was Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School. In 2013, she was appointed to the position of Adjunct Research Professor at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales. Barbara Bolt is a practising artist and art theorist and is currently the Associate Director, Research and Research Training at the Victorian College of Arts, at the University of Melbourne. She exhibits with Catherine Asquith Gallery in Melbourne.


Material Inventions is an essential intervention into the contemporary need to understand creative arts practice as research. It is instructive, enjoyable and, yes, inventive.’
Lynn Turner, Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London

‘Inspiring, instructive and lucid, this new book reveals how and why arts-based research is not only impacting the creative industries but also activating innovation in areas as diverse as the sciences, medicine and therapy, public relations and education. This evidence is crucial given still-persistent tendencies for the wider intellectual and social relevance of the arts to remain unrecognised or unsupported.’
Dr Jorella Andrews, Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London

Material Inventions testifies that creative arts research now self-confidently occupies its place within academia, and that it at the same time reaches beyond into real-life situations and communities. Foregrounding the voices of artists, this book shows how, through alternative ways of knowing, artistic research transforms how we relate to the word and to ourselves.’
Dr. Henk Borgdorff, University of the Arts The Hague

'Barbara Bolt is one of the leading thinkers in articulating the research content of creative arts practice; this book brings together key thinkers on this challenging topic and offers clear thinking that will benefit and nourish our understanding.'
Professor Paul Gough, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, RMIT University

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780769868
Publication Date: 29 Aug 2014
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 20 black white integrated

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