Discussions arising from the ICTs and the Research Process in the Creative and Performing Arts workshop

This post is for discussions arising from the the ICTs and the Research Process in the Creative and Performing Arts workshop, held at Glasgow University on the 24th October 2008. Content and opinions will be added here after the workshop.

The notes used to frame the discussions are available from the link under Attachments, below.

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The value of experimentation

One of the issues that arose from this event last week was the importance of experimentation as part of the artistic process and inspiration for generating new knowledge.

A recommendation for the funders was:
We need more ‘sandbox’ funding in order to bridge the gap between starting to experiment with a new technology and proposing research which would produce tangible ‘outputs’.

Experimentation is absolutely core to the scientific process but it seems that it is neglected in the arts - why is this? Is it because we are too often lumped in with the Humanities? Or because researchers find it difficult to demonstrate the value of this experimentation? Does it only apply to digital technologies, as these are as yet largely unexplored areas for creative experimentation?

Your thoughts...?

See also: Developing Ideas (Performance) wiki page

Re: The value of experimentation

Hi Daisy,

I found it interesting that you think experimentation is neglected in the arts. Judging from the various Methods Network events I attended I got the impression that the arts' approach to ICT is much more experimental than the humanities one. Maybe this was what you were hinting at?

Torsten Reimer
editor arts-humanities.net

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