Smith, Marquard, ed. Research: Practitioner, Curator, Educator. (Vilnius: Vilnius Academy of Arts Press, 2020)
As artists, designers, curators, critics, educators, and academics, what is ‘research’ for us in the second and third decades of the 21st century? Do we conduct research? What do we do when we do it, how do we do it, and what makes up this doing? What is done, and what needs to be done? As practitioners, do we think about practice-as-research, and about research as practice, and if so, how so? Is research perhaps even a praxis; which is to say, is it an act, a doing action, an embodying and enacting of ideas, an act of engaging politically and ethically? What is the nature (or what are the modalities) of the work that we as researchers do, if indeed we consider ourselves researchers, and, if not, why not? And how have recent shifts in paradigms of knowledge generation and distribution – in the art and design school, the museum and gallery, and the creative and cultural industries more generally – transformed profoundly what we as researchers do, how we do it, and to what end? Ultimately, given our shared interest in practice, practice-led or practice-based research, research-led or research-based practice, and in artistic research, how might research – and research as a process – be embodied in and articulated by way of art, design, history/theory, writerly, and curatorial projects? And, how might such research give rise to new knowledges, engender knowledge differently, and precipitate things divergent from or other than knowledge?