Academic journal article Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, comparative linguistics and literary studies

Practice-Based Research: Tracking Creative Creatures in a Research context/Praktykgebaseerde Navorsing: Op Die Spoor Van Kreatiewe Kreature in 'N Navorsingskonteks

Academic journal article Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, comparative linguistics and literary studies

Practice-Based Research: Tracking Creative Creatures in a Research context/Praktykgebaseerde Navorsing: Op Die Spoor Van Kreatiewe Kreature in 'N Navorsingskonteks

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Abstract

This article explores the concept of practice-based research as a viable research avenue for academics in creative disciplines with a view to contextua/ise the importance of research for ail acadernics, including those in creative disciplines; investigate a framework for defining practice-based research; extrapolate existing models and methods of practice-based research from the literature; develop a plausible working strategy for practicebased research; and finally determine the extent to which the "Tracking creative creatures" project complies with the requirements of practice-based research. While practice-based research is fairly well represented in the literature, the peculiar characteristics of creative work require a reconceptualisation of how research imperatives are satisfied in practice-based research. Practical outputs as embodied research, the importance of the creative process and its reflective documentation and collaborative strategies in creative projects emerged as salient issues.

The "Creative creatures" project was found to have complied with most of the requirements of practice-based research and certain proposed amendments to the approach followed with this project will assist future projects in attaining viable research status, but these need to be framed within an institutional and funding environment that fosters creative work as research.

Opsomming

Hierdie artikel stelhomself ten doel om ondersoek in te stel na die konsep van praktykgebaseerde navorsing as werkbare navorsingsroete vir akademici in kreatiewe dissiplines. Die doel is dus om die belangrikheid van navorsing te kontekstualiseer vir alle akademici, ook diegene in die kreatiewe dissiplines; 'n raamwerk te ondersoek waarbinne 'n definisie van praktykgebaseerde navorsing kan tuishoort; bestaande modelle en metodes van praktykgebaseerde navorsing uit die literatuur te ekstraheer; 'n werkbare strategie vir praktykgebaseerde navorsing op die tafel te le; en om vas te stel in watter mate die "Kreatiewe kreature"-projek voldoen aan die vereistes van praktykgebaseerde navorsing. Die literatuur oor praktykgebaseerde navorsing is redelik uitgebreid, maar die eiesoortige kenmerke van kreatiewe werk vra dat navorsingsvereistes geherkonseptualiseer moet word in die lig van praktykgebaseerde navorsing. Praktiese uitsette as beliggaamde navorsing, die belang van die kreatiewe proses tesame met dokumentasie van refleksie daaroor en samewerkingstrategiee in kreatiewe projekte het geblyk om van sentrale belang te wees in hierdie verband.

Daar is bevind that die "Kreatiewe kreature"-projek aan die meeste vereistes van praktykgebaseerde navorsing voldoen het, en 'n aantal wysigings ten opsigte van die benadering wat gevolg is met hierdie projek sal bydra tot die navorsingstatus van toekomstige projekte. Sodanige projekte moet egter binne institusionele--en befondsingsomgewings wat kreatiewe werk as navorsing ondersteun, plaasvind.

1. Introduction

The Tracking creative creatures project which culminated in a large-scale exhibition at the 2007 Aardklop National Arts Festival (held during September) marked a significant moment in the way that creative work was regarded by many of those who participated in the project (and who reflected on the project during its progress) as well as those who afterwards reflected on it (when producing articles such as this one). The project expanded beyond expectation and drew enthusiastic participants from diverse creative fields such as fine art, music, creative writing and graphic design--from professional creatives to nursery school pupils. Clearly this project was a collaborative effort, and its spin-offs can be felt in far-reaching benefits such as the dedication of this special edition of Literator to it. What is published in this journal is research, and specifically research articles: properly based on a clear problem statement, underpinned by well-considered theoretical reflection that is itself based on a survey of scholarly literature, presented in written format according to set conventions of academic practice. …

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