"Introducing a high-quality journal in the field allows an ever-increasing number of artistic researchers to partake in what for the sciences and humanities are standard academic publication procedures. Given that artistic research has become a worldwide movement with many local activities, JAR can serve as a focal point, bringing together diverse voices, facilitating the discourse and thus improving the artistic research community.
In the context of JAR, artistic research is doubly defined: insofar as it is research, it enhances knowledge and understanding; because it is artistic, however, the mode of presentation is essential. This definition excludes works of art that share modes of presentation with artistic research, but do not enhance understanding. It also excludes research that is not dependant on an artistic mode of presentation. Thus, the development of epistemological as well as artistic criteria for the exposure of artistic research is a key ambition of the Journal; part of JAR's mission is to re-negotiate art's relationship to academia and the role and function of research in artistic practice. Furthermore, JAR embraces research practices across disciplines, thereby emphasising the transdisciplinary character of much artistic research.
JAR's unique presentation of artistic research as 'weaves', instead of 'pages', facilitates multi-modal exposition, thereby meeting the desire of artistic researchers to have their work displayed and documented in a manner that demonstrates a respect for modes of presentation. By introducing, together with the RC, a standard for documentation, the Journal is responding to the international artistic and academic communities, which demand high quality referencing and documentation. Moreover, the Journal meets the need of art institutions such as museums, galleries and collections for artistic research to be more easily accessible."
Fig.1 Deborah Harty and Phil Sawdon (2010). "humhyphenhum: Still 5".
"RCA Research Repository is designed to support the collection, archive and publication of the College's research practice, processes and outputs. ...
The repository is an open access academic resource, to which anyone at College has access, and to which all research staff are able to manage and publish their research, work-in-progress, bibliographic records and data to the World.
The repository platform is based on the open source EPrints standard digital repository and MEPrints extensions - developed by EPrints Services, University of Southampton, with visualisation extensions devised by KULTUR RCA has further adapted EPrints platform and interfaces for use by its own researchers and staff."
(RCA Research Repository)
"Research at Nottingham Trent University takes place in all our Schools, in all our subjects- from Art to Zoology. Alongside the reports, books, papers, keynote talks that you might expect, many times our researchers produce things as well as words. These might be: art works; 3D designs; visualisations of scientific insights; fashion; images produced from ethnography; film and theatre production; costume designs and more.
We think of it as something like a gallery, except without walls, or with just one, a virtual wall - hence the name. Each three months or so there is a new show to see, carefully curated round the work of one researcher or a small group. The variety of our work means that an exhibition of interactive art work might be followed by one about the visualisation of nano particles, or on the ancient architecture of Oman.
Wall5 is a way to show how these things articulate with the knowledge our researchers generate and let us demonstrate the full spectrum of what we produce.
Wall5 launched in November 2010. As each show is replaced it will appear in an archive section, so if you like what you see you can check back later. Also, look out for WALL5 groups on social media sites for updates on the exhibition programme."
(Nottingham Trent University)
Fig.1 Jed Hoyland 'Silence/Stillness/ Arrangements'
"A person who is trying to understand a text is always performing an act of projecting. He projects before himself a meaning for the text as a whole as soon as some initial meaning emerges in the text. Again, the latter emerges only because he is reading the text with particular expectations in regard to a certain meaning. The working of this fore-project, which is constantly revised in terms of what emerges as he penetrates into the meaning, is understanding what is there."
2). Adrian Snodgrass and Richard Coyne (1997) 'Is Designing Hermeneutical?', Architectural Theory Review, Journal of the Department of Architecture, The University of Sydney, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp 65-97.