Narrative, Power and the Public
5. Methodology and Power: Commitment as a Method
What Is Unique in Artistic Research?
Is there a unique argument for artistic research? Of course, artistic research can be argued for in the same way that one argues for research or science in general. Science increases our understanding, which is a value in itself, maybe it can also lead to something useful and so on. Certainly, these can be arguments for doing artistic research as well. Or artistic research can be justified by the argument that it makes better artists. By creating a deeper understanding and a body of knowledge about their work, artists can develop their artistic work, their being as artists, maybe also their function in society and so on. Yes, this is a possible argument for artistic research, too.
But these are not unique arguments: they rely on giving artistic research the authority of science or of art. We can, instead, ask if there is something to be said in favour of artistic research as such, something that does not apply to science in general or to art in general.
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