This comment was written by Sara Penrhyn Jones on 22 Aug 2016.
Creative Practice as Research: Discourse on MethodologyMain MenuContentsIntroductionThe Practitioner Model of Creative Cognition: A Potential Model for Creative Practice-Based ResearchModel research methods relevant for creative practice-based research projectsApplication of the Practitioner Model of Creative CognitionCommunity Discourse: Your Practice Research ModelsResources for Conducting and Teaching Practice-Based ResearchAbout the AuthorLyle Skains8ec9a01530aed114a2d78c359a32a6560b8c2714The Disrupted Journal of Media Practice
At what point does the research question emerge?
12016-08-22T07:13:48-07:00Anonymous77031plain2016-08-22T07:13:48-07:00Sara Penrhyn JonesThis whole discussion is extremely useful and interesting (thanks). Speaking from personal experience, the interdisciplinary project that I have worked on that felt most coherent and grounded in 'the real world' was encountered through activist/digital media practice. This predated my employment as a research-active university lecturer, but grew into a funded AHRC project. I think that it is significant that the practice/encounter came first. It was a few years later that research questions were formulated (to secure funding for more filming etc). For the questions to be relevant and important to all participants (especially when working with individuals and partners in the community) I would really recommend 'practice first'. Encounter a situation or problem first (or whatever analogy is suitable for your own artistic medium. e.g.: through a lens, or as a writing experiment) experience this and 'listen', then let the questions follow, before upscaling your creative activity. To force research questions first, before any such experience or encounter means that they are not arising from the practice. In some ways, inventing research questions first can again be an overly defensive strategy to 'justify' creative research as valid. It also seems to close off potentially unexplored, more important or resonant areas of focus.
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