Beyond 'Theory' and 'Practice' in Artistic Research

Nolan, Ryan ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Beyond 'Theory' and 'Practice' in Artistic Research. In: Theorem. Ruskin Arts Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781912319008

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Artistic research in the university is becoming increasingly instrumentalised, demonstrated by a rise in managerial language and frameworks that necessarily judge (artistic) research in terms of an end-product or quantifiable metrics. This phenomenon has otherwise been referred to as the ‘commodification of knowledge.’ In this paper I propose that the distinction between ‘theory’ and ‘practice-based’ research in arts education—language central to the field—actually promotes a means-end function, increasing the risk of institutional weaponisation. Through a discussion of the forms-of-life that traditionally correspond to practice and theory in the philosophy of Hannah Arendt and Paolo Virno, I argue that arts research should instead be considered under the terms of political action: as a means without end (Agamben). The expectation of an end-product generated by the continued use of these terms negates the activity of research itself. I propose this must be rectified.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9781912319008
Subjects: Arts > Fine Art
Music > Popular Music
Music > Sound Art
Courses by Department: Academy of Music & Theatre Arts > Music
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Depositing User: Ryan Nolan
Date Deposited: 12 May 2022 10:32
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 18:34


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