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What does it meme? The Exegesis as valorization of creative arts research

Barrett, Estelle 2003, What does it meme? The Exegesis as valorization of creative arts research, in Illuminating the Exegesis : one-day symposium, Arts Academy, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Vic., pp. 1-7.

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Title What does it meme? The Exegesis as valorization of creative arts research
Author(s) Barrett, EstelleORCID iD for Barrett, Estelle orcid.org/0000-0001-9112-249X
Conference name Illuminating the Exegesis. Symposium (2003 : Ballarat, Vic.)
Conference location Ballarat, Vic.
Conference dates 28 March 2003
Title of proceedings Illuminating the Exegesis : one-day symposium
Publication date 2003
Start page 1
End page 7
Publisher Arts Academy, University of Ballarat
Place of publication Ballarat, Vic.
Summary This paper will draw on Richard Dawkin's idea of the 'meme' to discuss how the creative arts exegesis can operate as valorisation and validation of creative arts research. According to Dawkins, the rate and fecundity of replication permits an artefact to achieve recognition and stability as a meme within a culture. The value and application of traditional forms of research is underpinned by a secondary order of production, publication, that establishes visibility of the work and articulates its empirical processes and findings as sources of social benefit and cultural enhancement.

In the arts, conventional modes of valorisation such as the gallery system, reviews and criticism focus on the artistic product and hence, lack sustained engagement with the creative processes as models of research. Such engagement is necessary to articulate and validate studio practices as modes of enquiry.

A crucial question to initiate this engagement is: 'What did the studio process reveal that could not have been revealed by any other mode of enquiry?'

Re-versioning of the studio process and its significant moments through the exegesis locates the work within the broader field of practice and theory. It is also part of the replication process that establishes the creative arts as a stable research discipline, able to withstand peer and wider assessment. The exegesis is a primary means of realising creative arts research as 'meme'.
Language eng
Field of Research 190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category L2 Full written paper - non-refereed (minor conferences)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30015735

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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