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Practitioners in the fields of art and design often complain of the injustice of having to write a book about their practice in order to satisfy academic definitions of research. What is the point, the argument goes, of producing just another piece of paper? The suggestion that creative work might be converted to research by a suitable accompanying text is justly resisted. This article approaches the theory/practice binary the other way round. It outlines a research project that attempts to convert the text of a conventional academic Ph.D. thesis into a creative research output. The intention is to expose the boundaries that are constructed when creativity is counted as knowledge, and by doing this to put the notion of creativity into play.

Keywords: art and design; creativity; governmentality; higher education; research; technologies of self

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Massey University.

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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