The new practice of art-based research uses art making as a primary mode of inquiry rather than continuing to borrow research methodologies from other disciplines to study artistic processes. Drawing on contributions from arts therapies, education, history, organizational studies, and philosophy, the essays critically examine challenges that include the personal nature of artistic inquiry and the complexities of the partnership with social science that has dominated applied arts research; how artistic discoveries are apt to emerge spontaneously; how truth can be examined through both fact and fiction as well as the interplay of objective and subjective experience; and ways of generating artistic evidence and communicating outcomes. Offering examples from all of the arts, this volume will be welcomed by researchers and students in many fields.
Pt. I Introduction to Part I Opportunities and challenges in art-based research / Shaun McNiff Art as enquiry: Towards a research method that holds soul truth / Pat B. Allen Art-based enquiry: It is what we do! / Mitchell Kossak Mentoring and other challenges in art-based enquiry: You will figure it out / Bruce L. Moon Art-based research as a pedagogical approach to studying intersubjectivity in the creative arts therapies / Minjung Shim Performance as art-based research in drama therapy supervision / David Perrin Where are the five chapters?: Challenges and opportunities in mentoring students with art-based dissertations / Sally Atkins The risks of representation: Dilemmas and opportunities in art-based research / Janine Brophy-Dixon Improvisation and art-based research / Nisha Sajnani Know thyself: Awakening self-referential awareness through art-based research / Michael A. Franklin The feeling of what happens: A reciprocal investigation of inductive and deductive processes in an art experiment / Karen Huckvale pt. II Introduction to Part II A critical focus on art-based research / Shaun McNiff Frames of enquiry: Perplexity, self-integration, pregnant images / Robert E. Innis Expecting the unexpected: Improvisation in art-based research / Stephen K. Levine On creative writing and historical understanding / Kelsey McNiff On the seam: Fiction as truth - what can art do? / Debra Kalmanowitz A more complete knowing: The subjective objective partnership / Jordan S. Potash Knowing what is known: Accessing craft-based meanings in research by artists / Ross W. Prior Art-based research for engaging not-knowing in organizations / Ariane Berthoin Antal Art as a mother tongue: Staying true to an innate language of knowing / Michele Forinash Shall I hide an art-based study within a recognized qualitative framework? Negotiating the spaces between research traditions at a research university / Tawnya D. Smith Trusting the felt sense in art-based research / Laury Rappaport Painting research: Challenges and opportunities of intimacy and depth / Barbara J. Fish Capturing the transient / Corinna Brown.