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Artistic Research Methodology

Narrative, Power and the Public

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Mika Hannula, Juha Suoranta and Tere Vadén

Artistic Research Methodology argues for artistic research as a context-aware and historical process that works inside-in, beginning and ending with acts committed within an artistic practice. An artistic researcher has three intertwined tasks. First, she needs to develop and perfect her own artistic skills, vision and conceptual thinking. This happens by developing a vocabulary for not only making but also writing and speaking about art. Second, an artistic researcher has to contribute to academia and the «invisible colleges» around the world by proposing an argument in the form of a thesis, a narrative; and in so doing helping to build a community of artistic research and the bodies of knowledge these communities rely on. Third, she must communicate with practicing artists and the larger public, performing what one could call «audience education». There is no way of being an engaged and committed partner in a community without taking sides, without getting entangled in issues of power. Consequently, the methodology of artistic research has to be responsive both to the requirements of the practice and the traditions of science. Here the embedded nature of the knowledge produced through artistic research becomes evident. Artistic Research Methodology is essential reading for university courses in art, art education, media and social sciences.

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T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S Foreword by Juha Varto .................................................................................... vii Preface ................................................................................................................ xi Acknowledgments .............................................................................................. xv Part I - Fail Again, Fail Better 1. Artistic Research Inside-In .............................................................................. 3 2. Basic Formula of Artistic Research ............................................................... 15 3. Back to the Future: Democracy of Experiences, Methodological Abundance and Verbalization ............................................ 20 Part II - Narrative, Power and the Public 4. Face-to-Face, One-to-One: Production of Knowledge in and through Narrative Interviews ...................................................................................... 37 5. Methodology and Power: Commitment as a Method .................................. 52 6. Different Roles of an Artistic Researcher, the Public and the Uses of Sociological Imagination .......................................................................... 69 7. What to Read, How and Why? ..................................................................... 84 Part III - Case Studies of Artistic Research Practices 8. Per Magnus Johansson: What Do You Do When You Do What You Do? ............................................................................................................... 107 9. Wolfgang Krause: A Place for Imagination—Three Projects, One Discussion, Four Annexes .......................................................................... 125 10. Esa Kirkkopelto: “It Is a Matter of Collective Self-Education, Re-Education through Cooperation” ......................................................... 134 11. Mikko Kanninen: Seer/Doer .................................................................... 147 12. Leena Valkeapää: “Recognize the Unique and Stick with It” .................. 153 Conclusion ...................................................................................................... 167 References ....................................................................................................... 171

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