What is artistic research? What is a research document? How do these relate to the making process, invention, and creativity? What exactly is expected of me? If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions, then this book is for you. Research For People Who (Think They) Would Rather Create addresses all relevant aspects that need to be considered during a research and documentation process, such as: finding the right topic and approach; formulating your research question; working out your methods; choosing one or more suitable writing styles; and considering the possible roles of visual, virtual, auditory, embodied, and spatial materials.
"At the heart of Research for People Who (Think They) Would Rather Create are dozens of examples from the field of art and design – each of which illustrates one specific aspect of developing a thesis, essay, paper, report, proposal, research document, or however else it may be referred to in your own setting. You can read this book from cover to cover, or you can immediately flip to those subjects which you find most relevant at any given moment. Ultimately, Research for People Who (Think They) Would Rather Create is an invitation to contribute – quite literally, with your own projects, examples, and questions – since our goal is to help you develop your own research."
Dirk Vis (1981) writes fiction, essays and poetry, in Dutch and English. Vis spends his time between The Netherlands, Berlin and the forest of Białowieża. He studied at the Rietveld Academy and the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. His books have been published in Dutch: most recently the novel Paren of de kunst van de slaapkamer (Atlas Contact, 2022), the novella Het reality-essay (De Gids, 2017), and in English: the (anti-)manual for artistic research Research for People Who (Think They) Would Rather Create (Onomatopee, 2021). Vis directed several video works based on his scenarios. He is contributing editor of Dutch literary magazine De Gids (The Guide) and co-founder of De Internet Gids. He is lecturer-researcher and tutor at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, besides appearing as guest lecturer at international art universities.
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