The Habits of Artists (2014-2019) [REF2021 collection]

Abstract

By understanding the patterns and routines in artists’ behaviours as unique features of creative knowledge making, The Habits of Artists seeks to deepen our insight into art learning. Employing a unique platform through which the audience is engaged in public learning as performance, the research asks whether we can find fitting frameworks for communicating the complexities of art practice, in which often subjective and bespoke logics drive creativity. This multi-component output is comprised of a series of performance events and texts jointly conceived and co-authored by Jo Addison and Natasha Kidd. Taking place between 2014 and 2020, five iterative participatory performances were commissioned by Tate, Freelands Foundation, and Blip Blip Blip, beginning with Noticer and followed by the four-part series Inventory of Behaviours. These participatory performance events were designed to collect and analyse the rituals, traits, and habits of artists that surround the production of their work in the physical, digital, and psychological realm of the studio. A sequence of iterative events, each performance was contingent upon the findings of the last. Two chapters expand on the research questions and methods of the performances. Through the project’s multiple components, Addison and Kidd explore and communicate through participation and dialogue how artists’ peripheral activities, behaviours and habits have been systematically ignored by scholarship, but also their pedagogical value. Addison and Kidd have disseminated the project’s findings through conference papers, talks and seminars at the Royal Geographical Society, London and the National Association for Fine Art Education (NAFAE), amongst others. This Collection contains documentation of the performance events, as well as contextualising information including two co-authored publications, a film about research as practice, talks and presentations, and information about the research context and findings. It also contains a 300-word Statement about the Research Project, a Research Timeline and a set of Research Questions. This multi-component output is comprised of a series of performance events and texts jointly conceived and co-authored by Jo Addison and Natasha Kidd. Taking place between 2014 and 2020, six iterative participatory performances were commissioned by Tate, Freelands Foundation, and blip blip blip, beginning with Noticer and followed by the five-part series Inventory of Behaviours. These participatory performance events were designed to collect and analyse the rituals, traits, and habits of artists that surround the production of their work in the physical, digital, and psychological realm of the studio. A sequence of iterative events, each performance was contingent upon the findings of the last. Two chapters expand on the research questions and findings of the performances

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