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Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

Artistic Research in the Future Academy - Danny Butt

Published by Intellect / University of Chicago Press, 2017

The rapid growth of doctoral-level art education challenges traditional ways of thinking about academic knowledge and, yet, as Danny Butt argues in this book, the creative arts may also represent a positive blueprint for the future of the university. Synthesizing institutional history with aesthetic theory, Artistic Research in the Future Academy reconceptualizes the contemporary crisis in university education toward a valuable renewal of creative research.

"With wonderful lucidity Danny Butt takes us into the heart of a proposed solution for a non-existent problem; the invention of the research led artistic dissertation as a discovery of knowledge. Butt not only exposes the ties that bind this problem to the entangled neo-liberal world, but also refuses to indulge in a restitution of the old regimes, or any imaginary exit from institutional frameworks. Instead, he carefully and sagely explores the third option: the capacity for art to re-set the parameters of knowledge production."

-- Professor Nikos Papastergiadis, Research Unit in Public Cultures, University of Melbourne

Artistic Research in the Future Academy was launched at Goldsmiths College, University of London by Professor Sean Cubitt and in Melbourne at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art by Professor Nikos Papastergiadis. The talk “How Artistic Research Ends”, with responses from Professor Barbara Bolt and Professor Ashok Mathur, is available along with sample chapters and ordering information on the book website:

Further talks will take place at the University of Michigan and OCAD University, Toronto in October 2018, see the website for details.

Danny Butt is Associate Director (Research) at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne where he coordinates programmes in social practice and community engagement. He is a member of Auckland-based artistic collective Local Time, whose site-specific works engage the dynamics of visitor and host in the context of indigenous self-determination. You can read more about Local Time in the Journal of Artistic Research.



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