The Absenting Subject

Chapman, Neil and Macleod, Katy (2014) The Absenting Subject. Journal of Visual Arts Practice, 13 (2). pp. 138-149. ISSN 1470-2029

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This article draws on a research study of submitted PhDs and interviews with a small group of artists. Research processes adopted by this diverse group manifest an exacting scrutiny of what it means to undertake research, that is, how research process can conceive of a subject of inquiry and adequately approach that subject. We find a high level of questioning about the legitimacy of research methodological assumptions about how and in what ways research methods become valid. For instance, is research that pursues and reinforces a proposed subject more useful to a depth of practice than one that resists any resolved confirmation of its subject because that subject is porous to its prevailing conditions both internal and external? We propose that such accountability, in relation to more conventional approaches to research, is entirely relevant to the development of vital research cultures in Fine Art.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 1470-2029
Subjects: Education
Arts > Historical
Writing & Journalism > Literature
Arts > Fine Art
Writing & Journalism
Courses by Department: The Falmouth School of Art > Fine Art
Depositing User: Neil Chapman
Date Deposited: 08 May 2015 13:20
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:06


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