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01 JULY 2014

The art object does not embody a form of knowledge

"In this paper, I start from the position that the proper goal of visual arts research is visual art. An alternative position is that the art making process yields knowledge that is independent of the actual art objects produced. However, this relegates the art object to that of a by–product of the knowledge acquisition process, and, in my view, places visual art making in the service of some other discipline. Notwithstanding the fact that valuable knowledge may be acquired in this way, from my standpoint it would be undesirable for this to become the dominant mode of arts research. Therefore, from my position the most interesting proposition to explore is the claim that the art object is a form of knowledge since it locates the art object as a central and fundamental component of the knowledge acquisition process.

Nevertheless, as you will see, in this paper I argue against this proposition. I will not claim that the visual art object cannot communicate knowledge–it can. Instead, I will argue that this knowledge is typically of a superficial nature and cannot account for the deep insights that art is usually thought to endow into emotions, human nature and relationships, and our place in the World, etc. In short, I aim to demonstrate that visual art is not, nor has it ever been, primarily a form of knowledge communication; nor is it a servant of the knowledge acquisition enterprise."

(Stephen Scrivener, 2002)

Scrivener, Stephen (2002) "The art object does not embody a form of knowledge". Working Papers in Art & Design – Vol 2.

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Liam Birtles
18 SEPTEMBER 2013

ECSM 2014 European Conference on Social Media

"The European Conference on Social Media (ECSM 2014) seeks to establish a home for researchers and practitioners with a wide range of approaches to engaging with the impact, use and potential of social media across disciplines. If the defining characteristic of social media is that users create, share and respond to each others information, then the European Conference on Social Media will offer a showcase for state of the art examples.

To achieve this goal, we are inviting researchers to present their findings and new ideas, and practitioners to demonstrate examples from which we can learn. The first European Conference on Social Media – ECSM 2014 will take place in Brighton, UK, a city with a highly developed commercial, artistic and academic engagement with the use and evaluation of social media. This puts Brighton in an excellent position to share experience from European research and practise with Asia, America, Africa and the world."

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2014analyticsbig data • Blooma John • Brightonconference • Darren Mundy • democracydigital economics • ECSM 2014 • Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management • eParticipation • European Conference on Social Media ECSM 2014 • international conference • International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments • internet technologies • Irina Purcarea • Luisa Carvalho • mobile working • nudge economics • Open University • organisational knowledge management • participationPersonal Learning EnvironmentPhD researchRMIT University • Sandra Moffett • social informaticssocial media • social network analysis • Sue Nugus • Technology Enhanced Learning • Tobias Bevc • UK • University of Augsburg • University of Economic Studies • University of Hull • University of Ulster

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Simon Perkins
02 MARCH 2013

The practice-exegesis relationship in PhD research

"What characterises creative arts research practice in universities that offer doctoral degrees is the requirement not only to undertake a substantial practical project, but also a reflective exegesis that contextualises the methodologies and significant contributions of the research. The specific components of the exegesis are defined by each institution and re–negotiated by each candidate according to differing emphases. Fortunately, and by design, the function of each candidate's exegesis can be redefined in relation to the practice it seeks to elucidate. And whilst the requirement to also present a substantial written component can initially appear as a burdensome or daunting prospect for those unfamiliar with the processes of critical reflection – to those who recognise its reflexive possibilities – the exegesis in parallel with the creative work of the project can provide another arena of creative practice. In this respect, the outcomes of both a creative arts–based project and its exegesis can be presented as significant contributions to knowledge in the field. Moreover, a third creative space opens. By interchanging and integrating the practice with the exegesis, it may be possible to generate a combined and reflexive research praxis. This chapter examines aspects of the practice–exegesis relationship with reference to my experience of undertaking and completing my doctoral research at Deakin University. I am, therefore, speaking from a position of having confronted and struggled with the practice–exegesis relationship from inside the playing field."

(Stephen Goddard, 2007, p.113)

Goddard, S. (2007). Correspondence Between Practices. "Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry". E. Barrett and B. Bolt, I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd. [http://www.scribd.com/doc/113746755/Practice–as–Research].

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Simon Perkins
21 NOVEMBER 2012

Discovery Through Design: The Foetus Project

"Brazilian design graduate Jorge Lopes Dos Santos has developed a way of making physical models of foetuses using data from ultrasound, CT and MRI scans.

He developed the project in collaboration with a paediatric cardiologist at Imperial College while studying on the Design Products MA course at London's Royal College of Art.

Jorge Lopes Dos Santos hopes the models, which are made using 3D printing techniques, can be used to train doctors and to help with emotional support for parents whose child may be born with deformities."

(Dezeen, 16 July 2009)

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20093D printing3D visualisationabnormalityanatomybabybiomedical • born with deformities • Brazilian • CNPq • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento • CT scan • deformity • Department of Design Products • design graduatedesign method • Design Products MA • digital healthdiscovery through design • emotional support • fetus • foetus • Imperial College Londoninsight through design • Jorge Lopes Dos Santos • Jorge Roberto Lopes Dos Santos • MRI • MRI scan • mutant • paediatric cardiologist • parentsPhD researchphysical modelsproduct designrapid prototypingrich descriptionRoyal College of Artscan • School of Architecture and Design • Ultrasound 3D • ultrasound scan • visual depictionvisual fidelityvisual representationvisualisation

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Simon Perkins
13 JANUARY 2012

Cultivating Communities: shifting from a material to a people-focused society

"The context of Cultivating Communities is the transition towards a sustainable society. Because of several environmental issues this is one of the biggest challenges that our and future generations are facing. I am convinced that this implies a shift from a material–focused society to a people–focused society. During my PhD research I will explore how design can enable people to become part of this transition. Experimenting with designing scenarios executed as creative contexts, engaging toolkits and community platforms will be a central part of the research. I believe that scenarios can be powerful instruments in enabling people to contribute to sustainable development. The potential of these enabling scenarios will be tested during the cultivating communities project. The goal of this project is to develop an education toolkit and platform focused on sustainable development for elementary schools. Together with some local schools in Limburg (Belgium), I will develop a sustainable scenario around several vegetable–like characters."

(Ben Hagenaars)

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agricultural produceBelgiumchallengescivic engagement • community platforms • creative contexts • Cultivating Communities • cultivating communities project • design scenarios • education toolkit • elementary schools • enabling scenarios • engaging toolkits • environmental issuesfuture generations • Genk • Limburg • material-focused society • people-focused society • PhD researchresearchscenariosshared interestssocial spacessustainabilitysustainable designsustainable development • sustainable scenario • sustainable societytransition • vegetable-like characters • vegetables

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Simon Perkins
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