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What do we mean when we mean practice research?

Wednesday 26 May 2021, 2 - 4pm

The Practice Research Assembly is pleased to present our Spring 2021 event, What do we mean when we mean practice research?

Building on from our last session of Researching Through Practice, this online presentation features keynotes from Turner Prize winner, Professor Elizabeth Price, and founder of the 21st Century Music Practice research network Professor Simon Zagorski-Thomas. They will be sharing reflections on how their personal practice has led their research and the distinctive qualities and demands of practice research.

This session is intended for anyone interested in practice research across the disciplines supported by SGSAH, which include architecture, art, design, film, music, performing arts and writing as well as those who work through interdisciplinarity. Whether intending to apply for PhD study, a current PhD student, or an independent researcher, we invite everyone to join us for what will be an exciting event.

2pm: Welcome and Intros: Professor Maria Fusco, DJCAD, University of Dundee, and Professor Mary Modeen, DJCAD, University of Dundee

2.05-2.50: Keynote 'The Form of the Academic Thesis - an artist's perspective', followed by Q+A: Professor Elizabeth Price, Kingston School of Art, Kingston University

2.50-2.55: Break

2.55-3.40: Keynote ‘Approaches to Publishing Practice Research: the 21st Century Music Practice perspective’, followed by Q+A: Professor Simon Zagorski-Thomas, London College of Music, University of West London

3.40-3.55: Conversation Between Speakers

3.55-4pm: Closing Remarks

The keynote presentations were recorded and are now available to view on youtube. Click here to watch.

About the Presenters

Co-Chair: Professor Maria Fusco

Maria Fusco is Professor of Interdisciplinary Writing at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee and is lead academic for Practice Research Assembly. Her own practice research spans the registers of critical, fiction, performance and theoretical writing.

Co-Chair: Professor Mary Modeen

Mary Modeen is an artist/academic whose research links creative practice with interdisciplinary academic studies in the humanities, particularly philosophy, literature, feminist and indigenous studies. Modeen is Associate Dean (Internationalisation) and Chair of Interdisciplinary Art Practice at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, as well as Coordinator of PhD Studies. International research networks, three of which Modeen co-convenes, are central in conducting the critical discourse which address, challenge and strengthen these research insights.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Elizabeth Price is Professor of Fine Art at Kingston University. A Turner Prize winner, she creates short videos which explore the social and political histories of artefacts, architectures and documents. The subject matter may sometimes be historic artworks of great cultural significance, but it is more frequently marginal or derogated things, and often pop-cultural or mass produced objects. The video narrations draw upon and satirise the administrative
vernaculars of relevant public and academic institutions as well as advertising copy and other texts of private and commercial organisations.

She has exhibited in group exhibitions internationally, and have had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain, UK; The Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA; Chicago Institute of Art, USA; Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf and The Baltic, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. In 2012, I was awarded the Turner Prize for her video installation THE WOOLWORTHS CHOIR OF 1979. In 2013, I won the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award with the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, Oxford.

Dr Simon Zagorski-Thomas is Professor at the London College of Music, University of West London. He is founder and chair of the 21st Century Music Practice research network with over 250 members in 30 countries and series editor of the Cambridge Elements series of the same name. He was the co-founder of the Art of Record Production conference and, until 2017 was also co-chair of the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production. He worked for 25 years as a composer, sound engineer and producer and is, at present, writing a Bloomsbury book on Practical Musicology. His books include two co-edited Art of Record Production books, the Bloomsbury Handbook of Music Production, and the Musicology of Record Production (winner of the 2015 IASPM Book Prize).

Research Assistant: Katie Hart Potapoff

Katie Hart Potapoff is based at DJCAD, University of Dundee, researching her practice-led PhD, titled With an Attentiveness Towards Intimacy and Texture: Exploring a Sense of Land and Place Through Creative Practices. At the centre of her practice research is an exploration of the space in-between.

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