Beauty or brains?: Negotiating the tensions between artistic practice and research in music

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Title Beauty or brains?: Negotiating the tensions between artistic practice and research in music
Author Schippers, Huib; Flenady, Liam Joseph
Book Title Art and Artistic Research
Editor Caduff, Siegenthaler & Walchli
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Zurich, Switzerland
Publisher Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess
Abstract Sixty-five years ago, the influential philosopher Dewey asserted that “the odd notion that an artist does not think and a scientific enquirer does nothing else is the result of converting a difference of tempo and emphasis into a difference in kind” (Dewey, 1934, p. 15). Like much of Dewey's work, his views are strikingly relevant to contemporary discussions. Over the past two decades, artistic practice as research (hereafter APaR) has been the topic of fierce debate amongst practitioners and researchers in various areas of the creative and performing arts, from the visual arts to theatre and music. Defined by some as research in and through the arts, this emerging approach utilises the perspective of the skilled practitioner, and seeks to uncover the inner workings the artistic process via a reflective methodology. In attempting to give an overview of current thought on the matter, this paper will present a broad scope in dealing with issues concerning APaR in their entirety, but will do so through the lens of the specific problems confronting music. After addressing the rhetorical and philosophical issues, this paper will consider the practical implications of recognising artistic practice as research in contemporary academic environments.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2010. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors for more information.
Chapter Number 8
Page from 80
Page to 87
ISBN 9783858812933
Date Accessioned 2010-03-05
Language en_AU
Research Centre Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
Faculty Queensland Conservatorium
Subject Music Performance
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/34319
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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