Emergent Matters: Reflections on Collaborative Practice-led Research

Mafe, Daniel J. & Brown, Andrew R. (2006) Emergent Matters: Reflections on Collaborative Practice-led Research. In Speculation and Innovation, April 2005, QUT Brisbane, Australia.



This paper will show how collaborative practice-led research can lead to the generation of new knowledge and new artistic work. In it we will address two aspects, firstly how separate creative practices can positively combine when connected by a research focus and, secondly, how a digital technology can be a catalyst for collaborative practice-led research. We begin by outlining some central concerns pertaining to collaborative and practice-led research and describe how these approaches can come together in a creative arts context. As an example of effective collaborative practice-led we present a case study description of our computational art project that generates animated image and sound. We point out interesting parallels between emergent properties of the generative techniques of practice and the collaborative research relationship, and conclude that it is the emergent nature of the collaborative and creative processes that produce research and artistic outcomes that are more than the sum of the parts.

The structure of this article begins by outlining the two board themes of this paper, practice-led research and collaborative practice, then moves to a description of our Pixels project which illustrates how these two streams can be successfully combined within a the one activity.

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ID Code: 6220
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: art, sound, collaboration, research
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Daniel J. Mafe and Andrew R. Brown
Deposited On: 14 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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