On Arts Based Research
Creativity breeds knowledge–>knowledge is housed in experiences, ANY EXPERIENCE–>phenomenological, aesthetic, scientific, historic, empirical, ad nauseum–>reflecting upon experiences brings forth the knowledge (?)–> is information not present prior to reflection?–>can reflection take any form?–>speaking out loud can be self-reflecting–>spoken word as arts practice–>SPOKEN WORD BASED RESEARCH–>to speak is to research–>to repeat what is read, what is heard, what is experienced is research–>REMIX BASED RESEARCH–> must research spawn knowledge?–>is knowledge dependant on theory making?–>must knowledge be reported AS theory?–>can theory be foregone?–>can theory become practice instead?–>should theory become practice?–>should practice become theory–>should both practice and theory remain as separate entities?
The verbal-based string of symbols ART bothers me, especially when it is used to signify and erect metaphorical barbwire fences round a specific human activity to protect it from other activities that use a similar (or even identical) set of language(s), instruments, and media. All media are an extension of human ability according to McLuhan, why then can we not approach them all within that context? instead–>segregation.
Should arts-based research be PRACTICE-BASED research? as in everything you practice can spawn research? is practicing mass media not conductive for research? where would Andy Warhol be placed? Nam Jun Paik? John Cage? Koons? Cao Fei? Stanley Kubrick? David Fincher? Akira Kurosawa? William S Burroughs? Neruda? BORGES?
If the distinction cannot be made based on practice and intent must never be questioned, then A QUESTION IS BEGGED.
To give up in intent, must we also give up on the ethical implications? i shudder.
How different would arts for arts sake be from theory for theory’s sake? research for research’s sake? i shudder.
While working in my MA i had a professor who always used to say: “There are only two institutions necessary in society: universities and prisons; one is used to protect the people outside from the people inside; the other is used to protect the people inside from the people outside.” who are we trying to protect here? i shudder.