Creative Arts and Creative Industries: Collaboration in Practice

21-22 June 2013

Hosted by:
Practice Research Unit (Kingston University)

MIRIAD, in association with PARCNorthWest (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Royal Northern College of Music

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Creative Arts New Building

Salford University

Collaboration is an issue at the centre of practice research. It is understood differently in different practices, whether in music, dance, drama, fine art, installation art, digital media or other performance arts. Practice research might incorporate practice-led or practice-based work: practice may be the outcome or the stimulus for the research. Welcoming the diversity within creative practice and the creative industries, this conference seeks to reassess how such research can be explored while going beyond definitions of practice-led, or practice-based research, different artists engage in research using a variety of objects and performance methods, and report research in diverse ways, which in turn raise questions regarding the research process, its collaborative dimensions, as well as the sharing of research findings. Practice resides within the working processes of performance, installation and practice-led research outcomes when they are articulated to an audience. This two-day symposium will explore issues surrounding the collaborative process on two levels:
1. as it occurs between academic researchers in the creative arts and professional practitioners in commercial organisations in the creative arts industries (and beyond)
2. as it focuses attention and understanding on the tacit/implicit dimensions of working across different media (including music, dance, design, creative writing, architecture and the creative industries).
The key themes of the symposium, arising from these two aspects of collaboration, will include:
• Collaboration 1: researchers working alone and together using different media and/or materials”
• Collaboration 2: in relation to knowledge exchange and research “effectively shared
• Performativity: exploring the process of doing research;
• Articulation: how research collaborators communicate their methods and findings to each other and their audiences;
• Ethics: exploring issues of authorship in collaborative projects.
There will be a number of keynote addresses including:
Mine Dogantan Dack (Middlesex University), with a presentation entitled “Why collaborate?: Towards a philosophy and politics of creative collaboration”.

The symposium will address questions including the following:
• What are the goals of knowledge exchange? How can the creative arts inform industry? How, in turn, does industry inform the creative arts?
• How does collaborative practice work, and how do collaborators ensure the effective sharing of knowledge? To what extent do/should collaborative artists disseminate the collaborative aspects of the work as well as the work itself?
• How do artists articulate knowledge and learning across different media? What strategies do they use for sharing their ideas with collaborators and audiences?
• How does collaboration in the creative arts raise ethical considerations and what is their impact on artists, their work and their audience? What ethical considerations are raised by collaborative practice research in creative arts contexts? What specific ethical issues must be addressed by academic and professional partners when they collaborate on creative and practice research projects?
• Who is the author of collaborative work? Who owns it?
• How can we present research findings in the creative arts via the media of the creative arts?
In asking these and other questions, the symposium aims to address skill development and knowledge exchange in the area of the creative arts.

Conference Review Panel:
Abstract proposals should be submitted with authors’ details provided separately, so that submissions can be reviewed, blind, by a Conference Review Panel whose identity will not be revealed until the conference programme has been announced.
Conference proceedings will be produced if possible.
The conference will be video-recorded: when the conference programme has been announced presenters should contact the Chair if they do not wish to be recorded.
Call for Papers/Performances/Installations/Posters:
This conference invites three types of submissions:
1. New ways of communicating practice research in the creative arts to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
2. Team submissions to explore collaborative research: these may include an academic researcher and an industry partner in which the researcher demonstrates their work and the industry professional summarises how it is used; or two researchers from different artistic fields might report on a collaborative research activity across different media; or PhD students involved in collaborative research projects might discuss issues arising from the process of collaboration;
3. Poster/installation/screenings.

Submissions can be for 20 minute slots (there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion in addition), 90 minute session proposals, or as posters/installations which are manned during breaks.
2 or 3 papers/performance presentations will be grouped by theme or issue to lead to round table discussions. The conference shall be interactive so that panels further explore the issues raised in discussion, debate and demonstration where necessary.

AV possibilities:
Projection systems, performance spaces, wall and table space for installations and posers, and large screen projections are available. Delegates should submit AV requirements. Installations and posters should be quick and easy to install by the presenters.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 25TH March 2013. The Conference Review Panel aims to complete the review process by 16th April. Please send your proposal as a Word document attached to an email addressed to and ensure that your email includes your full name, affiliation, address, email address and phone number (DO NOT INCLUDE THESE DETAILS WITH YOUR ABSTRACT).

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