Currently writing: A work in progress #MAthesis

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Currently working on my MA-thesis on the role and importance of documentation in artistic research. I’ve divided my thesis into three parts. The first focuses on the question “what is artistic research?”, in this part I work with three different theories: the first two from the book Series of Philosophy of Art and Art Theory: Artistic Research (2004) by Annette W. Balkema and Henk Slager (eds.). And the third from Artistic Research Methodology: Narrative, Power and the Public (2014) by Mika Hannula, Juha Suoranta en Tere Vadén. In this chapter I try to explain what artistic research is and does, how it is different from academic research and what the basic role of documentation in artistic research is.

The second chapter looks at the importance of documentation in artistic research and the different ways in which we can use or apply documentation. I mainly focus on the most popular ways of documenting: writing, drawing, video/recording and feedback as documentation.

The third and last chapter is a case-study. In this chapter I use the work Re:Renaissance (that premiered last Wednesday the 13th, see link), by my dear friend Benjamin Muller as a case study to analyse the role of documentation of artistic research, which I am currently working on.

Let’s keep writing!



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Allison, 21, BA of Arts and MA of Media Studies (Comparative Literature and Theatre Studies) at Leiden University.

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