Proximity: reflections on how collective enquiry informs artistic pedagogy

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Howard, R., Atkinson, A., Haynes, J., Ford, S., Hall, A. and Carragher, A. 2023. Proximity: reflections on how collective enquiry informs artistic pedagogy. Symposium 2023: Gathering Ourselves.
AuthorsHoward, R., Atkinson, A., Haynes, J., Ford, S., Hall, A. and Carragher, A.
TypeConference Presentation
Abstract

Formed in 2019 during their doctoral studies, Proximity is a collective of six artists/researchers/educators who explore the social and spatial elements of practice-based research. In our pursuit of ‘convivial aesthetics’, we have challenged the idea of the ‘isolated’ researcher; provided a vital support network to one another during the pandemic; and have informed one another’s individual practices through a series of in-person residencies and weekly online activity. We have identified several pertinent gaps in provision for artists who undertake PhD research, including practical considerations such as relevant support infrastructure, but also conceptual difficulties regarding how a methodology can be gleaned from a pre-existing artistic practice, and how practice-based research challenges the conventional PhD journey. In this paper, we will discuss how our collective mode has provided a responsive, adaptable, and necessary solution to these institutional gaps, demonstrating ground-up peer-led pedagogic innovation, leading to our current project producing a training package and anthology publication aimed at artists who embark on PhD research.

KeywordsCollective; peer-led; convivial aesthetics; practice-based methodology; PhD journey
Year2023
ConferenceSymposium 2023: Gathering Ourselves
Web address (URL)https://www.gladhe.com/home/symposium2023
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