Queering practice-led research: subjectivity, performative research and the creative arts

Baker, Dallas J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5155-7816 (2011) Queering practice-led research: subjectivity, performative research and the creative arts. Creative Industries Journal, 4 (1). pp. 33-51. ISSN 1751-0694


Much of the discussion and debate about Practice-Led Research (PLR) in the arts and creative industries has been about what constitutes research. This article, in contrast, discusses what constitutes ‘practice’ and describes a form of PLR that is influenced by Queer Theory. This queered PLR foregrounds subjectivity as a practice in itself and views both creative practice and critical research as components in a Foucauldian ‘ethics of the self’. In other words, this article positions subjectivity as the core practice leading both research and creative endeavour whilst simultane- ously seeing creative practice, research and subjectivity as intertwined and mutually informing each other. In this way, a queered PLR can be seen to reframe creative practice and critical research as an ethical intervention into subject formation and knowledge production. This queering of PLR has the potential to innovate research in the creative arts and may give the creative arts researcher new tools to enrich creative practice, diversify research pathways and increase points of connection with creative artefacts or products. A queered PLR is also envisaged as a dynamic and performative pathway to new knowledges.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 01:20
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 01:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: creative writing; practice-led research; queer theory; performativity; bricolage; subjectivity
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/cij.4.1.33_1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31087

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