The effective and the evocative : reflecting on practice-led research approaches in art and design

Hamilton, Jillian G. & Jaaniste, Luke O. (2009) The effective and the evocative : reflecting on practice-led research approaches in art and design. In Woodrow, Ross (Ed.) Interventions in the Public Domain, ACUADS Publishing, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland.

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Early in the practice-led research debate, Steven Scrivener (2000, 2002) identified some general differences in the approach of artists and designers undertaking postgraduate research. His distinctions centered on the role of the artefact in problem-based research (associated with design) and creative-production research (associated with artistic practice). Nonetheless, in broader discussions on practice-led research, 'art and design' often continues to be conflated within a single term. In particular, marked differences between art and design methodologies, theoretical framing, research goals and research claims have been underestimated.

This paper revisits Scrivener's work and establishes further distinctions between art and design research. It is informed by our own experiences of postgraduate supervision and research methods training, and an empirical study of over sixty postgraduate, practice-led projects completed at the Creative Industries Faculty of QUT between 2002 and 2008.

Our reflections have led us to propose that artists and designers work with differing research goals (the evocative and the effective, respectively), which are played out in the questions asked, the creative process, the role of the artefact and the way new knowledge is evidenced. Of course, research projects will have their own idiosyncrasies but, we argue, marking out the poles at each end of the spectrum of art and design provides useful insights for postgraduate candidates, supervisors and methodologists alike.

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ID Code: 29700
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: art , design, practice-led research, methodologies, postgraduate , exegesis
ISBN: 9781921291906
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999) > Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified (199999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Jillian G. Hamilton and Luke O. Jaaniste
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2010 23:13
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:42

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