Two experimental projects contributed to the third phase of the ‘On the Edge’ programme: ‘Calendar Variations’ (2010-2011) and ‘Sounding Drawing’ (2012). The first focused on experimental drawing, while the second explored interconnections between sound and drawing. Both projects were done in partnership with Woodend Barn and the Orpheus Institute of Research in Music. ‘Sounding Drawing’ was also undertaken in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire, the Edinburgh College of Art and ChampdAction as part of a broader Arts and Humanities Research Council project titled ‘Time of the Clock, Time of Encounter’. Funding for these projects was provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Woodend Barn, the Sound Festival of Contemporary Music and the Orpheus Institute of Research into Music.

Recent Submissions

  • 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, ...
  • Drawing paper 8. 

    Douglas, Anne; Genever, Kate; Ravetz, Amanda (MIKE'S STUDIO http://www.mikesstudio.co.uk/project/drawing-paper-8/, 2015-06-01)
    DOUGLAS, A., GENEVER, K. and RAVETZ, A. (eds.) 2015. Drawing paper 8. Liverpool: Mike's Studio [online]. Available from: http://www.mikesstudio.co.uk/project/drawing-paper-8/
    Drawing Paper, the free newspaper based gallery concerned with contemporary drawing practice returns. Our 8th issue was curated and produced in collaboration with Anne Douglas, Kate Genever and Amanda Ravetz.
  • Improvisation and embodied knowledge: three artistic projects between life, art and research. 

    Douglas, Anne; Coessens, Kathleen (Malmő Academy of Music, Lund University, 2013-12-31)
    DOUGLAS, A. and COESSENS, K. 2013. Improvisation and embodied knowledge: three artistic projects between life, art and research. In Frisk, H. and Östersjö, S. (eds.) (Re)thinking improvisation: artistic explorations and conceptual writing. Malmö: Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University, pages 29-41.
    In life there exists no script. The primacy of experience in the form of 'trying out' or improvisation, a moving from an indefinable and undifferentiated state to feeling our way by creating a direction. In art, improvisation ...
  • Understanding experimentation as improvisation in arts research. 

    Douglas, Anne; Gulari, Melehat Nil (Emerald https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-06-2015-0035, 2015-12-01)
    DOUGLAS, A. and GULARI, M.N. 2015. Understanding experimentation as improvisation in arts research. Qualitative research journal [online], 15(4), pages 392-403. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-06-2015-0035
    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to address the following questions: in what sense does experimentation as improvisation lead to methodological innovation? What are the implications of artistic experimentation as ...
  • Movement and moment: in-between discreteness and continuity. 

    Douglas, Anne; Coessens, Kathleen (Edinburgh University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/soma.2014.0117, 2014-03)
    DOUGLAS, A. and COESSENS, K. 2014. Movement and moment: in-between discreteness and continuity. Somatechnics [online], 4(1), pages 149-167. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3366/soma.2014.0117.
    This paper explores a paradox. We breathe in, and then out. We walk by making paces, alternating left and right feet. Walking and breathing are made up of discrete intervals of space and time, involuntary actions of the ...
  • Drawing and the score. 

    Douglas, Anne (Leuven University Press http://upers.kuleuven.be/en/book/9789058679765, 2013-10)
    DOUGLAS, A. 2013. Drawing and the score. In De Assis, P., Brooks, W. and Coessens, K. Sound and score: essays on sound, score and notation. Leuven: Leuven University Press [online], chapter 14, pages 206-217. Available from: http://upers.kuleuven.be/en/book/9789058679765
  • Altering a fixed identity: thinking through improvisation. 

    Douglas, Anne (University of Guelph https://doi.org/10.21083/csieci.v8i2.2122, 2012)
    DOUGLAS, A., 2012. Altering a fixed identity: thinking through improvisation. Critical Studies in Improvisation. [online] 8 (2). Available from: http://www.criticalimprov.com/issue/view/158 [Accessed 18 August 2014]
    "Replacing artist with player as if adopting an alias is a way of altering a fixed identity. And a changed identity is a principle of mobility, of going from one place to another…" (Kaprow, Essays on the Blurring of Art ...
  • Experiential knowledge and improvisation: variations on movement, motion, emotion. 

    Douglas, Anne; Coessens, Kathleen (Intellect. https://doi.org/10.1386/adch.10.2.179_1, 2012-10-26)
    DOUGLAS, A. and COESSENS, K. 2012. Experiential knowledge and improvisation: variations on movement, motion, emotion. Art, design and communication in higher education [online], 10(2), pages 179-198. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1386/adch.10.2.179_1
    In this paper we position improvisation as a way of knowing that is experiential, pivotal to the body’s movement and growth in the world. Improvisation allows us to manage the constraints and freedoms of a world rich in ...
  • The artistic turn: a manifesto. 

    Coessens, Kathleen; Crispin, Darla; Douglas, Anne (Leuven University Press. http://upers.kuleuven.be/en/book/9789490389000, 2009-09)
    COESSENS, K., CRISPIN, D. and DOUGLAS, A., 2009. The artistic turn: a manifesto. Leuven: Leuven University Press.
    Despite innovative developments in research in-and-through the arts in the past decade, the emergent field of artistic research remains controversial, and is accepted with varying degrees of enthusiasm in academic institutions. ...

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