March 9, 2009

Creative Practice/Creative Research at York St John University

York St John University
Creative Practice/Creative Research

York St John University

York St John University
Lord Mayors Walk
York YO31 7EX
United Kingdom

Contact: James Alexander, +44 (0) 1904 876433, email: [email protected]

Creative Practice/Creative Research emerges at a critical moment in the burgeoning discourse surrounding ‘practice-led research.’ The impetus for this gathering is a desire to critique and disseminate insights born of practice by and for artists to impact upon the fields of art criticism, art education, cultural theory, curating and the history of art.

Creative Practice/Creative Research seeks to turn the tables; to evoke a critical framework with which to imagine art practice as means by which ‘we come to know the world via handling’ (Heidegger, 1966) Bolt, 2007). The work of art as ‘co-poiësis’ (Ettinger, 1997) and ‘poiëtic revealing’ (Bolt, 2007) transforms creative production beyond the locus of a discrete subject bound exclusively by the discrete visual outcome. The production of art is here cognized as the generation of the unknown. This paradigm shift foregrounds ‘dialogical’ means through which art’s work may elicit transformations via material operations and performativity both in production and reception, reconfiguring the theoretical and historical frameworks through which it can signify.

Highlighting such a fleshy transubjective logic of art practice enables interventions in the fields of curatorial practice and pedagogy. Creative Practice/Creative Research seeks to disseminate examples of curatorial collaboration in the creative process counter to traditional practices of displaying objects/outcomes in the gallery or museum. Finally, this gathering will interrogate the assimilation of fine art education within the culture of accountability that currently structures the unruly objects of art’s ‘research’ within higher education.

Registration is now open. Please visit to download and complete registration form.

Steve Baker, UCLAN, UK
Estelle Barrett, Deakin University, AUS
Rosemary Betterton, Lancaster University, UK
Barb Bolt, University of Melbourne, AUS
Judit Bodor, Independent Curator
Vanessa Corby, York St John University, UK
Bracha Ettinger, European Graduate School, SWISS
Paula Farrance, UK
Pam Longobardi, Georgia State University, USA
Roddy Hunter, York St John University, UK
Linda Weintraub, Independent Scholar, USA
Elizabeth Watkins, Bristol University, UK

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