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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Linden Reilly

My research interests include:
Epistemological debate and arts practices; theories and definitions of "knowing" for the arts; theories of definition; the role of sense in imagination; the nature and operation of tastes; research methods for the arts; cognition, perception and memory in relation to arts practices; making sense and non-sense; "What work does the artwork do?"; Imagine/image.

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Research Outcomes

Outcome 1 - An Alternative Model of "Knowledge" for the Arts
Exploring the model of knowledge dominant in society, the epistemological debate in relation to which it was proposed and its implications for art and design led to me to the view, presented in this paper, that an alternative model of knowledge was needed for the arts:
a) that the still dominant (objectivist) model of "knowledge" is incompatible with practice-led research
b) that this model of "knowledge" is unjustified, and some propose unjustifiable, and this has important implications for the Art and Design sectors
c) that some within Sociology have ceased to delegate epistemological debate for their disciplinary area to philosophy and have redrawn the boundaries of their discipline encompass this debate.
This paper aimed to communicate these to the art and design sector and raise the question, paraphrasing the Sociologist Niklas Luhman, "under what conditions should meaning count as ‘knowledge’ in art and design?", in other words, what is "knowledge" in art and design?

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Outcome 2 - What Work Does the Artwork Do?
The event/symposium with exhibition from which this publication emerged was an experiment in an open and collaborative way of doing research, not only with the co-organiser Chris Smith, and in discussions with Art and Language, but with all the participants of the event, who were encouraged to contribute to the debate.
While, as is often the case in collaborative work, it is difficult to decide or remember who did what, I contributed aspects of the experimental method for doing research in the form of an open "conversation" included in the 3 editions of What work does the artwork do?, and the symposium transcript. I also contributed, in the essay, What Work? What Does the Work? in this publication, an epistemological explication of the question and related it to Deleuze and Guattari’s work on work.

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Outcome 3 - What Work Does the Artwork Do? A question for art
This article acts as an introduction to the other articles in this special edition of the Journal of Visual Arts Practice, which is devoted to the question: What work does the artwork do? It explores the advantages of this question over the definitional "What is art?" question as a vehicle for debating the roles and purposes of artworks — the work artworks do — for arts practitioners in particular.
Given the care needed in the forming of questions (since the work questions do is conditioned by things such as implicit/explicit epistemological considerations), it raises as an issue to be considered and attended to, what questions could usefully be posed and debated in relation to art practices. In other words, if disciplines are characterised by questions, let us consider the questions appropriate to practice-led research.

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Outcome 4 - New Knowledge in the Creative Disciplines - proceedings of the first Experiential Knowledge Conference, 2007
This article presents the guest editorial for the special issue of the Journal of Visual Arts Practice on "New Knowledge in The Creative Disciplines", which contextualises the proceedings of the first Experiential Knowledge Conference 2007, held by the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with London Metropolitan University in June 2007.
The conference was concerned with the nature and role of experiential knowledge in creative and practice-led disciplines, and its significance for the emergence of new knowledge and understanding in both research and practice.

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