Robert Gordon University focuses on applied research; all of our researchers help to advance knowledge and provide tangible benefits to society and the wider economy. Much of the research done at RGU is project-based, with multiple outputs often deriving from a single project. The collections below group these outputs together.

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  • Practice-led research and improvisation in post modern culture. 

    Douglas, Anne (http://www.orpheusinstituut.be/en/education/docartes, 2016-02-26)
    DOUGLAS, A. 2016. Practice-led research and improvisation in post modern culture. Presented as part of the docARTES: crossing borders programme, 26 February 2016, Ghent, Belguim.
    docARTES is an international inter-university doctoral programme for practice-based research in musical arts, designed for musician-researchers. This was an invited lecture for the Crossing borders programme.
  • What poetry does best: the Harrisons' poetics of being and acting in the world. 

    Douglas, Anne; Fremantle, Chris (Prestel, 2016-10-25)
    DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2016. What poetry does best: the Harrisons' poetics of being and acting in the world. In Harrison, H.M. and Harrison, N. (eds.) The time of the force majeure: after 45 years counterforce is on the horizon. Grantham: Prestel.
    "Simply paying attention guarantees the transformation from a nature supposedly asleep to the work that displays nature’s strange vitality. Art is what attention makes with nature." This observation by Michel De Certeau, ...
  • Breaking through the aesthetics of public art. 

    Douglas, Anne; Fremantle, Chris (Bergen National Academy of Arts, 2008-12-31)
    DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2008. Breaking through the aesthetics of public art. Presented at Sensuous knowledge 5 (SK5): questioning qualities, 2008, Bergen, Norway. Bergen: Bergen National Academy of Arts.
    Our research is concerned with the changing nature of public art. We work with the experience of making art, drawing on articulations of process developed by artists themselves as well as theorists and historians. We also ...
  • Leaving the (social) ground of (artistic) intervention more fertile: an ecology of practice in the everyday. 

    Douglas, Anne; Fremantle, Chris (Bergen Academy of Art and Design, 2005-11-30)
    DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2005. Leaving the (social) ground of (artistic) intervention more fertile: an ecology of practice in the everyday. Presented at Sensuous knowledge 2 (SK2): aesthetic practice and aesthetic insight, November 2005, Bergen, Norway.
    This paper reviews the projects that fed into the On the Edge research programme between 2001-2004.
  • The dynamic of the edge: practice led research into the value of the arts in marginal spaces. 

    Douglas, Anne; Fremantle, Chris; Delday, Heather (Bergen Academy of Art and Design, 2004-10-26)
    DOUGLAS, A., FREMANTLE, C. and DELDAY, H. 2004. The dynamic of the edge: practice led research into the value of the arts in marginal spaces. Presented at Sensuous knowledge 1 (SK1), 26-28 October 2004, Solstrand, Norway.
    This paper articulates an approach to art and design practice that questions two fundamental assumptions: firstly, it is not framed by the creative practice of an individual artist delivering an authored artwork to a public ...
  • 'Close' as a construct to critically investigate the relationship between the visual artist and the everyday. 

    Delday, Heather (Robert Gordon University Faculty of Design and Technology. Gray's School of Art., 2006-06-01)
    DELDAY, H. 2006. 'Close' as a construct to critically investigate the relationship between the visual artist and the everyday. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.
    This research proposes and develops a critical framework - a 'matrix' to make sense of the artistic process from the practitioner's perspective. It draws from the research of de Certeau into everyday culture and the art ...
  • Encounter in art. 

    Douglas, Anne (http://2014.fola.com.au/program/art-and-encounter/, 2014-03-15)
    DOUGLAS, A. 2014. Encounter in art. Presented at Art and encounter 2014: beyond audience develpment; why do artists engage publics in participation?, 14-30 March 2014, Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne: Arts House.
    This presentation explores how 'encounter' is different from 'event' and making this differentiation has important implications on how we imagine the relationship of art to audience. The author introduces some theoretical ...
  • Leading through art: exploring action and improvisation. 

    Douglas, Anne (University of Melbourne, 2014-03-04)
    DOUGLAS, A. 2014. Leading through art: exploring action and improvisation. Presented at the Macgeorge fellowship, Centre for creative partnerships, 4 March 2014, Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne: University of Melbourne.
    A keynote such as this raises the expectations of a new beginning to a discourse, of presenting another way of thinking about a shared set of issues. The process of arriving at the focus of the keynote has been collaborative ...
  • "Context is half the work": developing doctoral research through arts practice in culture. 

    Douglas, Anne (Routledge https://www.routledge.com/The-Everyday-Practice-of-Public-Art-Art-Space-and-Social-Inclusion/Cartiere-Zebracki/p/book/9781138829213, 2015-11-19)
    DOUGLAS, A. 2016. "Context is half the work": developing doctoral research through arts practice in culture. In Cartiere, C. and Zebracki, M. (eds.) The everyday practice of public art: art, space and social inclusion. Abingdon: Routledge, chapter 8.
    In 2001-4, a small research team of post doctoral and doctoral artist researchers, working with five cultural partners drew together two apparently incommensurable issues: remote rural culture and contemporary art. The ...
  • Leading cultures of transition through arts practice. 

    Douglas, Anne (University of Valencia, 2016-11-30)
    DOUGLAS, A. 2016. Leading cultures of transition through arts practice. Keynote presented at the Art and ecology seminar, 28-30 November 2016, Valencia, Spain.
    In this third keynote I want to rise a little to the surface while rising to the challenge that both speakers have offered the arts. All three presentations share in common the importance of the stories we tell ourselves. ...
  • Venturing out on the thread of a tune: the artist as improvisor in public life. 

    Douglas, Anne
    DOUGLAS, A. [2016] Venturing out on the thread of a tune: the artist as improvisor in public life. In Oliver, J. (ed) Creative practice and the art of association, trajectories of practice as research. Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press, forthcoming.
    In discussing the work of Wassily Kandinsky of some hundred years ago, Will Grohmann, an art historian, focuses on Kandinsky's effort to develop a new grammar for the visual arts. Kandinsky, Grohmann argues, undertakes a ...
  • Improvisation as experimentation in everyday life and beyond. 

    Douglas, Anne; Coessens, Kathleen
    DOUGLAS, A. and COESSENS, K. [2017]. Improvisation as experimentation in everyday life and beyond. In Coessens, K. (ed) Experimental encounters beyond music. Leuven: Leuven University Press, forthcoming.
    In this chapter we analyse two interrelated projects across the fields of visual art and music, philosophy and anthropology. Calendar Variations (2010–11) is a visual activity initiated by Anne Douglas, visual artist and ...
  • What is it possible to know? 

    Douglas, Anne (NAFAE http://www.nafae.org.uk/events/research-practice-practice-research, 2016-07-15)
    DOUGLAS, A. 2016. What is it possible to know? Presented at the Research practice practice research symposium; fine art research network, 15 July 2016, Lancaster, UK. Lancaster: NAFAE [online]. Available from: http://www.nafae.org.uk/sites/default/files/papers/research_practice_keynote_anne_douglas.pdf
    In his 1978 movie Manhattan, Woody Allen’s character, lying on a coach in his apartment after a break up of a relationship, records his thoughts on life: “An idea for a short story about people in Manhattan who are ...
  • Research papers: leading through practice. 

    Douglas, Anne; Fremantle, Chris (a-n https://www.a-n.co.uk/tag/leading-through-practice, 2007-03-01)
    DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. (eds.) 2007. Research papers: leading through practice. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: a-n [online]. Available from: https://www.a-n.co.uk/tag/leading-through-practice.
    Artist as Leader is a programme that aims to understand the ways artists lead through their practice with a view to informing and developing a critical understanding of the role of creativity in culture. There are two ...
  • Your thought will find the contours. 

    Douglas, Anne; Ravetz, Amanda (IKKM, 2014-07-02)
    DOUGLAS, A. and RAVETZ, A. 2014. Your thought will find the contours. Presented at the sewing lines, growing surfaces, breathing atmospheres: towards an ontogeny of things workshop, 2-3 July 2014, Weimar, Germany.
    Our aim in this presentation is to report on research we have been doing around drawing and filming. As associates of Knowing from Inside, we are interested in discovering in what sense drawing and filming can be considered ...
  • The graphic line-'an event in its own material'. 

    Douglas, Anne; Ravetz, Amanda (University of Southern Denmark, 2014-11-19)
    DOUGLAS, A. and RAVETZ, A. 2014. The graphic line-'an event in its own material'. Presented at the making traces symposium, 19-22 November 2014, Odense, Denmark.
    Amanda Ravetz is a film maker and anthropologist. Anne Douglas is a visual artist with a background in sculpture. For the past couple of years, they have been collaborating together as associates in Tim Ingold's research ...
  • Does the world draw? 

    Ravetz, Amanda; Douglas, Anne (EASA http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=3243, 2014-07-31)
    RAVETZ, A. and DOUGLAS, A. 2014. Does the world draw? In Proceedings of the Tallin workshop, 1st August 2014, as part of the 13th European association of social anthropologists biennial conference of collaboration intemacy and revolution (EASA 2014): innovation and continuity in an interconnected world [online], 31st July-3rd August 2014, Tallinn, Estonia. Available from: http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=3243
    Drawing can be explained in at least two ways: exemplifying trace, an inherent capacity or collection of characteristics in an individual (Nancy 2013) e.g. Rembrandt's drawing versus Van Gogh's drawing, the drawing of a ...
  • Why drawing, now? 

    Douglas, Anne; Ravetz, Amanda; Genever, Kate; Siebers, Johan (Intellect https://doi.org/10.1386/jaac.6.2-3.119_1, 2014-09-01)
    DOUGLAS, A., RAVETZ, A., GENEVER, K. and SIEBERS, J. 2014. Why drawing, now? Journal of arts and communities [online], 6(2-3), pages 119-131. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1386/jaac.6.2-3.119_1
    This article takes the question 'why drawing, now?' as a speculative way to enter the debate on the relationship of art to different understandings of community. Drawing offers a paradox around the place of art in society. ...
  • Calendar variations. 

    Coessens, Kathleen; Douglas, Anne (Woodend Barn Publishing, 2011-12-31)
    COESSENS, K. and DOUGLAS, A. 2011. Calendar variations. Banchory: Woodend Barn.
    This small book offers a visual and verbal reflection on the process of artistic practice and the ephemeral traces left by these. It is part of the exhibition 'Calendar Variations', held at the woodend barn, Banchory, ...
  • Working in public: art, practice and policy. [Project website] 

    On the Edge Research (http://www.workinginpublicseminars.org/, 2007-12-31)
    ON THE EDGE RESEARCH. [2008] Working in public: art, practice and policy [online]. Available from http://www.workinginpublicseminars.org/
    The partners for this project were Suzanne Lacy, Public Art Resource + Research Scotland, the Scottish Arts Council and On the Edge together with the four venues in the four major Scottish cities, The Foyer (Aberdeen), CCA ...

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