Narrative, Power and the Public
Part I - Fail Again, Fail Better
P A R T I F A I L A G A I N , F A I L B E T T E R 1. Artistic Research Inside-In Methods? Methods of qualitative research? Or even more focused on a specific group of actors and agents: methods of artistic research? Who needs them? And why? What are they for? This book continues the collaboration among three researchers working hands-on with students in various fields of cultural production. It is a tentative next step that follows from the previous joint effort, Artistic Research—Theories, Methods and Practices, in 2005. It is not an update, or a revision, but a new collection of thoughts and desires that emerge and evolve from the day-to-day acts of doing, teaching and facilitating research both in social sciences and in art universities. To call this ongoing process a lifelong commitment would be preposter- ous, but nevertheless, there is evidently something intriguing and in the deepest sense challenging in the questions and issues of what is research and why and how it is supposed to be done that keeps all three of us returning to them, not as an institutional position or power game but as a self-reflective and open-ended practice. What we return to is vividly, consciously and encouragingly a set of topics and themes that need to be labelled as productive dilemmas. They are dilemmas that should never ever be finalized or solved. They are constantly in great need of actualization—in and through the given...
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