Alchemy Methodology: applying the arts to research

Vallack, Jocene (2017) Alchemy Methodology: applying the arts to research. In: Proceedings of the 16th European for Research Methodologies. pp. 349-354. From: ECRM 2017: 16th European Conference for Research Methodologies, 22-23 June 2017, Dublin, Ireland.

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With the growing interest in arts-based approaches to research, I believe it has become necessary to make this distinction: the difference between art and research is that, whereas art can speak for itself, research must be explained. Unlike research, art invites open interpretation from the viewers, without any need to justify or explicate its existence or the artist’s intentions. Research however, by its very nature, is a cognitive and rational product – at least in its final stages. The appreciation of postmodern perspectives in academia has given rise to methodologies for first-person inquiries and arts-based methods. Arts methods may provide the researcher with great insights into a research question, however I believe the inquiry needs to be situated in a rational and philosophically aligned research framework. In this paper I present Alchemy Methodology as a theoretical framework for such research. It has been developed as an application of the pure phenomenology of Edmund Husserl, and it uses arts practice and subjective insights to inform and transform this data into universal, phenomenological insights.

Item ID: 51978
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-911218-40-1
ISSN: 2049-0968
Keywords: phenomenology, Alchemy Methodology
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