Book Chapter

Foucault’s ’What is an author’ : towards a critical discourse of practice as research

E Barrett

Practice as research : approaches to creative arts enquiry | I. B. Tauris | Published : 2007


A vexed issue for many artistic researchers is related to the need for the artist/researcher to write about his or her own work in the research report or exegesis. In the creative arts, the outcomes that emerge from an alternative logic of practice are not easily quantifiable and it can be difficult to articulate conclusions objectively given the emotional and ideological investments and the intrinsically subjective dimension of the artistic process. How then, might the artist as researcher avoid on the one hand, what has been referred to as ’auto-connoisseurship’, the undertaking of a thinly veiled labour of valorising what has been achieved in the creative work, or alternatively producing ..

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