For my MA Research and Practice module I have been asked to answer these four questions:
- How would you define your practice in relation to the notion of practice as research, practice-based and practice-led research?
- For this module I have used a practice-led approach for my research, focusing on different camera formats, medium format film, medium format digital, 4x5 film and 8x10 film. I explore how these different camera formats could inform and influence my practice as research.
- It is believed that artistic research processes are often iterative or cyclic. Do you agree? What is your understanding of the iterative cyclic web model illustrated in the introduction to 'Smith, H. & Dean, R. (2009) Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts'
- I do agree with this model, and I see similarities to the ideas discussed in Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You, by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans. Within the book they discuss the process of design thinking and iteration that takes place in Silicon Valley (Burnett, B. & Evans D. 2017). Design thinking is a process of examining a problem through first empathizing, defining, ideation, prototyping and then testing a solution (Burnett, B. & Evans D. 2017). This is the approach of the Applied Research Department at Algonquin College and something I have my students utilize in class when they are given challenges to overcome. This aids in the learning process which, I believe, is fundamental to the iterative cyclic web model too. A practitioner of the iterative cyclic web model is able to take ownership to the problem, and develop critical and creative thinking to analyze and interpret the problem and form a opinion or solution. This process, I believe, also aids in independence learning an excellent trait to develop and nurture in today’s workplace.
- How is a given methodology relevant to your own research proposal?
- A Survey is a methodology that I would like to use in my own research, through the use of an interview and a participatory project with the subject, a photovoice or photo-elicitation exercise. This would involve having the participants create images to aid in the research, which would allow for a different perspective into the project.
- One methodology or more methodologies? Would you use multiple methodologies in your research? Why?
- Within the definitions of the methodologies I see some overlap, for instance in a Longitudinal Study a Survey could be employed to gather information, the same could be used in Participative Enquiry. Myself I could see using the Grounded Theory for practice-led research into photography projects, like I am currently participating in for the Practice 1: Art and Design module.