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The making of modern Scottish craft: revival and invention in 1970s Scotland. (2017)
Thesis
PEACH, A. 2017. The making of modern Scottish craft: revival and invention in 1970s Scotland. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The 1970s were a period of renaissance for the crafts in Britain, often referred to as a craft revival. The creation of national organisations and infrastructures to support craft, and define its identity, played a crucial role in this. The received... Read More about The making of modern Scottish craft: revival and invention in 1970s Scotland..

Social art practices as feminist manifestos: radical hospitality in the archive. (2016)
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GAUSDEN, C. 2016. Social art practices as feminist manifestos: radical hospitality in the archive. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The research presents a practice-based examination of the politics and poetics of the manifesto form, drawing on feminist theoretical writing and activism alongside contemporary iterations of socially engaged art. It offers feminist manifestos as a l... Read More about Social art practices as feminist manifestos: radical hospitality in the archive..

Ethical design: a foundation for visual communication. (2016)
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BUWERT, P. 2016. Ethical design: a foundation for visual communication. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The central original contribution to knowledge proposed by this thesis is the setting forth of a conceptualisation of ethical theory specifically in relation to design, with a focus on visual communication design. Building on earlier work by design t... Read More about Ethical design: a foundation for visual communication..

Artist as navigator: understanding how the social qualities of art influence organizational change; a methodology for art as a social practice. (2015)
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SMITH, H. 2015. Artist as navigator: understanding how the social qualities of art influence organizational change; a methodology for art as a social practice. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

What insights can art reveal in the context of organizational change? How do artistic practices influence the way communities address change? In what ways can an individual artistic practice, concerned with the role of art in society, add new insight... Read More about Artist as navigator: understanding how the social qualities of art influence organizational change; a methodology for art as a social practice..

Evaluating the effectiveness of design support for small and medium sized enterprises in Scotland. (2014)
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GULARI, M.N. 2014. Evaluating the effectiveness of design support for small and medium sized enterprises in Scotland. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the engine of economic growth and job creation. Governments have devoted considerable resources to increase their competitiveness in the market. Several design support programmes (DSPs) have emerged from... Read More about Evaluating the effectiveness of design support for small and medium sized enterprises in Scotland..

An examination of the physical and temporal parameters of post-physical printmaking practice: exploring new modes of collaboration, distribution and consumption resulting from digital processes and networked participation. (2014)
Thesis
THOMPSON, P. 2014. An examination of the physical and temporal parameters of post-physical printmaking practice: exploring new modes of collaboration, distribution and consumption resulting from digital processes and networked participation. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This research was initiated by questions raised from the researchers professional activities in fine art printmaking and examines, through contextualised artistic practice and critical enquiry, redefinitions in the physical and temporal parameters of... Read More about An examination of the physical and temporal parameters of post-physical printmaking practice: exploring new modes of collaboration, distribution and consumption resulting from digital processes and networked participation..

Curating as practice and profession: an exploration and definition of a contemporary independent curator. (2013)
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IRVING, I. 2013. Curating as practice and profession: an exploration and definition of a contemporary independent curator. Robert Gordon University, MPhil thesis.

(Research Aim) This research sets out to explore and define a Contemporary Independent Curator and his/her practice. This type and method of curating activity occurs in a cultural context by an individual who practices (mostly) outwith a cultural ins... Read More about Curating as practice and profession: an exploration and definition of a contemporary independent curator..

Negotiation-as-active-knowing: an approach evolved from relational art practice. (2013)
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CHU, C.Y. 2013. Negotiation-as-active-knowing: an approach evolved from relational art practice. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This PhD research offers a new conception of negotiation that attempts to re-imagine the roles of and relationships between artist and participant-other in social art practice. Negotiation is implicit in art practice, and is often used without elucid... Read More about Negotiation-as-active-knowing: an approach evolved from relational art practice..

Imperfect art: working in public: a case study of the Oakland Projects (1991-2001). (2013)
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LACY, S. 2013. Imperfect art: working in public: a case study of the Oakland Projects (1991-2001). Robert Gordon University, PhD Thesis.

In Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art (1994) the author called for a new language of critique for the transient and publicly located art practices known today as social, or public, practices. Since that time authors have taken up the challenge... Read More about Imperfect art: working in public: a case study of the Oakland Projects (1991-2001)..

Ecology and environmental art in public place: talking tree: won't you take a minute and listen to the plight of nature? (2012)
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GOTO COLLINS, R. 2012. Ecology and environmental art in public place: talking tree: won't you take a minute and listen to the plight of nature? Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

My research started with a question: Is it possible to create change if we understand life is interdependent and interrelated with nature in our environment? I researched this question from the perspective of a practising artist in the field of envir... Read More about Ecology and environmental art in public place: talking tree: won't you take a minute and listen to the plight of nature?.

Participating in the 'wrong' way? (2011)
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HOPE, C.S. 2011. Participating in the 'wrong' way? Practice based research into cultural democracy and the commissioning of art to effect social change. Birkbeck (University of London), PhD thesis.

Through this practice based research I argue that cultural democracy as a way of thinking contests dominant models of commissioning art to effect social change. A method of generative metaphor of critical distance emerges through four projects based... Read More about Participating in the 'wrong' way?.

A generative framework for computer-based interactive art in mass transport systems. (2011)
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HER, J.-J. 2011. A generative framework for computer-based interactive art in mass transport systems. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Over the course of the past decade the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) stations in Taiwan have become open air art galleries: with more prominent and frequent display of various artistic creations in stations, including interactive artworks. However, unlike... Read More about A generative framework for computer-based interactive art in mass transport systems..

Enhancing the capabilities of small producers in developing countries to meet global challenges: an investigation into the contribution of international craft development initiatives. (2010)
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REIJONEN, E.K. 2010. Enhancing the capabilities of small producers in developing countries to meet global challenges: an investigation into the contribution of international craft development initiatives. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Worldwide, externally supported craft development initiatives aim to enhance the capability of local craft producers to succeed in globalized markets. However, the contribution that these organizations make towards the abilities of local actors remai... Read More about Enhancing the capabilities of small producers in developing countries to meet global challenges: an investigation into the contribution of international craft development initiatives..

An investigation into the learning experience of textile designers and makers: examining the relationship between experiential learning and 'intelligent making'. (2008)
Thesis
TONER-EDGAR, M. 2008. An investigation into the learning experience of textile designers and makers: examining the relationship between experiential learning and 'intelligent making'. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This thesis examines the relationship between textile craft practice and Kolb's Theory of Experiential Learning. The nature of craft practice has been described as 'Intelligent Making'. The aims were to investigate the term 'Intelligent Making' and c... Read More about An investigation into the learning experience of textile designers and makers: examining the relationship between experiential learning and 'intelligent making'..

An exploration of hybrid art and design practice using computer-based design and fabrication tools. (2008)
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MARSHALL, J.J. 2008. An exploration of hybrid art and design practice using computer-based design and fabrication tools. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The researchers previous experience suggested the use of computer-based design and fabrication tools might enable new models of practice that yield a greater integration between the 3D art and design disciplines. A critical, contextual review was con... Read More about An exploration of hybrid art and design practice using computer-based design and fabrication tools..

Aesthetic experience and action in participatory art. (2008)
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WALLACE, C. 2008. Aesthetic experience and action in participatory art. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The purpose of this study is to explore the diverse ways that aesthetic experience is tested by participatory art. The study will show the part played by participatory action in changing the conditions in which aesthetic experience arises. It will be... Read More about Aesthetic experience and action in participatory art..

The arts as a means of cultural integration: a Chilean case study. (2007)
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RODRÍGUEZ-REMEDI, A. 2007. The arts as a means of cultural integration: a Chilean case study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

How might the arts help to unveil and integrate realities so as to facilitate shared meanings and understandings between peoples and thus generate the conditions for the participatory, creative cultural diversity which may contribute to the construct... Read More about The arts as a means of cultural integration: a Chilean case study..

An investigation into the communication exchange between small business client and graphic designer. (2007)
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CUMMING, D. 2007. An investigation into the communication exchange between small business client and graphic designer. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Graphic designers encounter particular difficulties when undertaking work for small business clients. Identifying the core business values is an essential step to ensure that a successful design solution results. An initial case study involving the m... Read More about An investigation into the communication exchange between small business client and graphic designer..

Art as a narrative of alterity. (2006)
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GRASSOM, B.J. 2006. Art as a narrative of alterity. Part 1: Prolegomenon, appendices, and bibliography. Part 2: Books. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

There is a close relationship between art and philosophy. From time to time, philosophy attempts to make art its theme. Invariably it has to acknowledge the very qualities of art that it seeks to explain - arts elusiveness and its indeterminateness.... Read More about Art as a narrative of alterity..


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