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Experiential knowledge and improvisation: variations on movement, motion, emotion. (2012)
Journal Article
DOUGLAS, A. and COESSENS, K. 2012. Experiential knowledge and improvisation: variations on movement, motion, emotion. Art, design and communication in higher education [online], 10(2), pages 179-198. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1386/adch.10.2.179_1

In this paper we position improvisation as a way of knowing that is experiential, pivotal to the bodys movement and growth in the world. Improvisation allows us to manage the constraints and freedoms of a world rich in possibilities, associations, an... Read More about Experiential knowledge and improvisation: variations on movement, motion, emotion..

Ecology and environmental art in public place: talking tree: won't you take a minute and listen to the plight of nature? (2012)
Thesis
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?.

The artist as leader: research report. (2009)
Report
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2009. The artist as leader: research report. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University.

Leadership, along with creativity, is increasingly considered to be one of the important drivers of economic success, as articulated in the Cox Review (2005). Most of the Leadership programmes in the cultural sector (Clore Leadership Programme, Cultu... Read More about The artist as leader: research report..

Jane Jacobs and the nature of (practice and research) work in public. (2009)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2009. Jane Jacobs and the nature of (practice and research) work in public. Presented at Public and participative art: performance in everyday life, 14-15 December 2009, Helsinki, Finland.

Jacobs argues that economies follow the same rules as ecological systems. They behave in the same way as systems in nature: as dynamic systems of interdependency. The core of Jacobs' argument is energy, whether it is manifest in ecological systems or... Read More about Jane Jacobs and the nature of (practice and research) work in public..

The artistic turn: a manifesto. (2009)
Book
COESSENS, K., CRISPIN, D. and DOUGLAS, A. 2009. The artistic turn: a manifesto. Leuven: Leuven University Press.

Despite innovative developments in research in-and-through the arts in the past decade, the emergent field of artistic research remains controversial, and is accepted with varying degrees of enthusiasm in academic institutions. It is our contention t... Read More about The artistic turn: a manifesto..

Breaking through the aesthetics of public art. (2008)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2008. Breaking through the aesthetics of public art. Presented at Sensuous knowledge 5 (SK5): questioning qualities, 2008, Bergen, Norway.

Our research is concerned with the changing nature of public art. We work with the experience of making art, drawing on articulations of process developed by artists themselves as well as theorists and historians. We also create interventions with ot... Read More about Breaking through the aesthetics of public art..

Proceedings of the 4th Working in public seminar: a public conversation. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
ON THE EDGE RESEARCH. 2007. Proceedings of the 4th Working in public seminar: a public conversation, September 2007, Edinburgh, UK [online]. Available from: https://ontheedgeresearch.org/s-4

This seminar was the culmination of four seminars, Working in Public, funded by the Scottish Arts Council through a new initiative, Public Art Resources and Research, Scotland. This initiative is to promote excellence and innovation within public art... Read More about Proceedings of the 4th Working in public seminar: a public conversation..

The artist as leader: constructing a national network to support research into the creative competencies of the artist as cultural leader. (2007)
Report
DOUGLAS, A. 2007. The artist as leader: constructing a national network to support research into the creative competencies of the artist as cultural leader. In Arts and Humanities Research Council, Annual report and accounts, 2006-07. London: TSO [online], page 14. Available from: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/d...report-accounts/2006-07

This case study describes how the author is constructing a national network to support research to encourage and enable artists as future leaders.

Summary and reflection: quality and imperfection. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. 2007. Summary and reflection: quality and imperfection. In Proceedings of the 3rd Working in public seminar: quality and imperfection, 19-20 June 2007, Inverness, UK [online]. Available from https://ontheedgeresearch.org/s-3

In embarking on Working in Public, we started out with an implicit assumption that criteria for judging quality in art in the gallery and museum were widely understood and broadly agreed, whereas quality of art in the public sphere was less well unde... Read More about Summary and reflection: quality and imperfection..

Proceedings of the 3rd Working in public seminar: quality and imperfection. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
ON THE EDGE RESEARCH. 2007. Proceedings of the 3rd Working in public seminar: quality and imperfection, 19-20 June 2007, Inverness, UK [online]. Available from: https://ontheedgeresearch.org/s-3

We explored some of the ethical and artistic implications of veiwing the idea of public as a living process of forming of different publics in response to specefic circumstances and through discrete modes of address. How might ethics be judged in the... Read More about Proceedings of the 3rd Working in public seminar: quality and imperfection..

Representation and power: a critical reflection. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. 2007. Representation and power: a critical reflection. In Proceedings of the 2nd Working in public seminar: representation and power, 22-23 May 2007, Glasgow, UK [online]. Available from https://ontheedgeresearch.org/s-2

The thematic area - Power and Representation emerged in our discussions with Suzanne Lacy as an issue that framed tensions within the Oakland projects' specifically, as well having relevance beyond Oakland. These tensions included the artist's role i... Read More about Representation and power: a critical reflection..

Proceedings of the 2nd Working in public seminar: representation and power. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
ON THE EDGE RESEARCH. 2007. Proceedings of the 2nd Working in public seminar: representation and power, 22-23 May 2007, Glasgow, UK [online]. Available from: https://ontheedgeresearch.org/s-2

This seminar explored power in relation to the authority of the artist, institutional authority and authority as individual. In each of these situations the issue of representation was closely linked to how power might be taken and used to develop ne... Read More about Proceedings of the 2nd Working in public seminar: representation and power..

Aesthetics and ethics of working in public art: a summary. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. 2007. Aesthetics and ethics of working in public art: a summary. In Proceedings of the 1st Working in public seminar: aesthetics and ethics of working in public, 27-28 March 2007, Aberdeen, UK [online]. Available from: https://ontheedgeresearch.org/seminar-1

The hunch behind Working in Public is that art now exists in the public sphere in unprecedented ways. Working in Public aims therefore to open up greater uncertainty in what we think art is and to provoke more thoughtful and creative responses to wha... Read More about Aesthetics and ethics of working in public art: a summary..

Proceedings of the 1st Working in public seminar: aesthetics and ethics of working in public. (2007)
Presentation / Conference
ON THE EDGE RESEARCH. 2007. Proceedings of the 1st Working in public seminar: aesthetics and ethics of working in public, 27-28 March 2007, Aberdeen, UK [online]. Available from: https://ontheedgeresearch.org/seminar-1

The seminar drew discussion through a range of questions: How we might determine what is art and what is not art? When and where is it appropriate for the artist to speak for others? When art is camouflaged in every day activity, how might we underst... Read More about Proceedings of the 1st Working in public seminar: aesthetics and ethics of working in public..

Research papers: leading through practice. (2007)
Journal Article
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. (eds.) 2007. Research papers: leading through practice. a-n magazine [online], 2007(3), supplement. Available from: https://www.a-n.co.uk/t...ading-through-practice.

Artist as Leader is a programme that aims to understand the ways artists lead through their practice with a view to informing and developing a critical understanding of the role of creativity in culture. There are two complimentary parts to the Artis... Read More about Research papers: leading through practice..

When is the artist a creative leader? A provisional framework. (2006)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2006. When is the artist a creative leader? A provisional framework. Presented at the Creative rural industries conference: the arts and rural regeneration, 10-13 September 2006, Lancaster, UK.

Ian Hunter, in the New Rural Arts Strategy, provides us with a framework for thinking about regeneration by drawing deeply from rural culture, both its traditions as well as the challenges that are posed by social, cultural and environmental change.... Read More about When is the artist a creative leader? A provisional framework..

'Close' as a construct to critically investigate the relationship between the visual artist and the everyday. (2006)
Thesis
DELDAY, H. 2006. 'Close' as a construct to critically investigate the relationship between the visual artist and the everyday. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This research proposes and develops a critical framework - a 'matrix' to make sense of the artistic process from the practitioner's perspective. It draws from the research of de Certeau into everyday culture and the art historical discourse of Bourri... Read More about 'Close' as a construct to critically investigate the relationship between the visual artist and the everyday..

An ecology of practice in the everyday: leaving the (social) ground of (artistic) intervention more fertile. (2005)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2005. An ecology of practice in the everyday: leaving the (social) ground of (artistic) intervention more fertile. Presented at Sensuous knowledge 2 (SK2): aesthetic practice and aesthetic insight, November 2005, Bergen, Norway.

This paper reviews the projects that fed into the On the Edge research programme between 2001-2004.

On the edge: an exploration of the visual arts in remote rural contexts of Northern Scotland. (2005)
Book Chapter
DOUGLAS, A. 2005. On the edge: an exploration of the visual arts in remote rural contexts of Northern Scotland. In Miles, M. and Hall, T. (eds.) Interventions: art in the public sphere. Advances in art and urban features, 4. Bristol: Intellect, pages 89-106.

This case study is a programme of five visual art projects in Northern Scotland with five regional partners that have come about through a research framework. It demonstrates aspects of the dynamic of intervention largely focused by conversation betw... Read More about On the edge: an exploration of the visual arts in remote rural contexts of Northern Scotland..

The dynamic of the edge: practice led research into the value of the arts in marginal spaces. (2004)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A., FREMANTLE, C. and DELDAY, H. 2004. The dynamic of the edge: practice led research into the value of the arts in marginal spaces. Presented at Sensuous knowledge 1 (SK1): creating a tradition, 26-28 October 2004, Solstrand, Norway.

This paper articulates an approach to art and design practice that questions two fundamental assumptions: firstly, it is not framed by the creative practice of an individual artist delivering an authored artwork to a public or audience; secondly, it... Read More about The dynamic of the edge: practice led research into the value of the arts in marginal spaces..