image from Graeme Sullivan’s 2005 book Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts
This week we will finalise Thinking Practices series of seminars with the theory of art practice as research. Main text is Chapter 5- Artist as Theorist from Graeme Sullivan’s 2005 book Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts. The objective is to debate the model of art as a process of theorising in the visual, whilst developing critical reading skills that can be applied towards critical writing.
For the seminar, read Chapter 5- Artist as Theorist where the author argues that there is a “reemergence of artist-theorists as important sources of vision and voice within the cultural politics of these times… and the approaches they use that require different ways of thinking about artistic inquiry” (p.150). He goes on to describe three areas of visual arts practice Making in Systems, Making in Communities, and Making in Cultures.
Firstly, identify the central claims of the text, examining the evidence used and how is this deployed to support the argument towards these three sites of practice.
Secondly, evaluate the argument, by positioning your practice within and/or outside this diagram. Can you argue along the author’s line of reasoning, that working within this site you are producing new knowledge? Or do you need to defend an opposing argument? In that case, what sort of (counter-) evidence are you presenting?
Sullivan, G. (2005). Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts. SAGE.Chapter 5- Artist as Theorist