My focus is oral storytelling in combination with artistic research.
Artistic Research - Introduction
Secondly, artistic research contributes with other methods when it comes to accessing people’s data, and it also has another language that may describe reality more diverse, like it is.
There are several reasons for why artistic research is relevant and promoted as a form of knowledge. For example, there has arisen a need for artistic concepts to be theory-driven in interaction with the practical (Mäkelä, Nimkulrat, Dash, & Nsenga, 2011). This in turn is due to an expectation that art should mean something more to society than “just being art”. And artists are employed at universities and colleges, and it is natural that they bring their aesthetic experience into academia.
A nearby peacock suddenly showed its beautiful tail. This made the duck look and exclaim, “Oh if I had such a striking back, instead of this “dot” of a tail I have.” And there, behind him, dragging in the dust, was a peacock’s tail. The duck screamed with joy through his parrot’s beak, as he wandered proudly on his long legs as he practiced opening his new peacock tail.
This is where artistic research comes in, because it helps to make meaning (Roes & Pint), though, perhaps in a different way, the use of other methods, such as embodied knowledge.
However, it does not mean that knowledge is embedded in the work itself, having an aesthetical experience of hearing a story is not enough. The artistic researcher must also reflect on the knowledge and disseminate this beyond the work of art itself (Roes & Pint).
In the air, circled an eagle, a curious eagle wondering what kind of bird that was wandering down there. “Oh, oh, look at the wings, what wings,” screamed the duck, “so strong and broad. Why aren’t my wings as strong and beautiful. ” And suddenly it was as if he could hardly walk on the ground, with his big eagle wings spread across a pair of long legs, with a peacock’s tail at the back and a parrot beak in front.
Firstly, artistic research is sidelined with other research work. This is enshrined in “Act relating to universities and university colleges” in Norway. The second feature is that the artwork must be followed by a textual reflection containing a research question, a defined methodology, contextualization and references (Mkel, Nimkulrat, Dash, Nsenga, 2011).
But one needs to be aware that the artistic researcher at universities must struggle to gain an understanding of the results that artistic research is giving (Mkel, Nimkulrat, Dash, Nsenga, 2011).
There is no uniform discourse within artistic research and what lies in the term has different interpretations, even within a single institution it can be understood differently (Mkel, Nimkulrat, Dash, Nsenga, 2011). This also leads to different requirements for artistic research, but both form and content should be contextualized and communicated, and both practice and theory must be the base of artistic research.
To sum it up:
The general theory of artistic research states that artistic research should have both an artistic process and an artistic work, and there should be a reflection present that points beyond the work itself.
Think about a strong artistic experience you have experienced. Write down the key words about what made it to an experience you cannot forget.
On a pile stood a rooster. It bowed its head back and began to crow, it shook its large red cock comb and the sun shone a ring around the rooster. It caught the duck’s eye who exclaimed enthusiastically: “If I had had such a cock comb it would have been perfect. I would have been perfect. Then I would not need these stupid flat feathers on my head.” And there it was, a red cock comb, topping the parrot’s beak, eagle wings, peacock tail and the crane legs.
So what are the similarities between the two stories?
That is up to you to figure out.
Duby, M., & Barker, P. A. (n.d.). Deterritorialising the Research Space: Artistic Research Embodied Knowledge, and the Academy.
Mäkelä, M., Nimkulrat, N., Dash, D., & Nsenga, F.-X. (2011). On Reflecting and Making in Artistic Research. Journal of Research Practice Vol. 7, Issue 1.
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