Practice-Based Research (PBR) Monthly Online Forum
Finding Balance: An Online Forum for Practice-Based Research in Creative Arts and Technologies
Practice-based research (PBR) has been adopted in many disciplines including but not limited to the creative arts (art, design, architecture, performance and music). In the 1980s, PBR and its related approaches (i.e. practice-as-research, practice-led research) came of interest to creative disciplines in Australia, Northern Europe and the United Kingdom. The distinguishing factor of PBR is the emphasis on generating new knowledge through practice. Crucial to PBR is an understanding of one’s practice through reflection and analysis which is accompanied by artefacts or objects produced through practice as part of the research process.
As of 2020, however, most Asian Pacific countries have not yet adopted a PBR approach for academic degree programmes in creative arts and technologies. Furthermore, the concept of PBR is still not fully understood or accepted within traditional academic administration and curriculum structures. In this forum, we focus on providing strategies for developing a PBR approach to teaching and learning in the creative arts and technologies fields. The forum is held online around once a month from November 2020. Prof Jon McCormack, Founding Director of SensiLab, opens the forum with a keynote outlining the historical and conceptual background of PBR and how it has developed at SensiLab.
[Season 1] PBR in Creative Arts and Technologies Across the Asia Pacific (November 2020 - April 2021)
Session 1: Keynote (November)
Session 2: Diverse Foundations and Approaches to PBR at Monash University (December)
Session 3: PBR at Creativity & Cognition Studios and Animal Logic Academy from University Technology of Sydney (January)
Session 4: PBR Case Studies from PhD Candidates and Recent Graduates (February)
Session 5: Teaching PBR - Panel Discussion (March)
Session 6: Contextualisation of PBR in the Asia Pacific Region (April)
PBR Forum Team
Senior advisor: Jon McCormack
Program director: Sojung Bahng
Program organiser: Jiyun Park
Engagement director: Hobin Kim
Committee members: Eugenia Kim and Jaeguen Lee
"Practice-based Research at SensiLab"
Prof Jon McCormack, SensiLab founder and director
Prof Jon McCormack describes practice-based research with an emphasis on the kinds of knowledge representation and communication that research through practice entails. He contextualises this approach using a research laboratory, SensiLab, as an example of a bespoke research facility built around the concept of learning through making and doing, and building a community of practice. Prof McCormack also explores the conceptual and spatial design of the lab as a way of encouraging knowledge sharing and open-ended exploration.
SensiLab is a practice-based research (PBR) laboratory that specialises in creative technologies and media art. It was launched in 2015 by an award-winning artist-technologist Prof Jon McCormack with the vision of facilitating innovative research through creative applications of media and technology. Situated within the Information Technology Faculty of Monash University, SensiLab fosters a hybrid environment combining science, engineering and the creative arts. This allows for a unique PBR PhD experience which values both artistic virtuosity and academic rigour. The presence of internationally renowned artists-in-residence and faculty as well as collaborations with other major universities and industry partners means that SensiLab is constantly on the cutting edge as a leader in PBR for the Asia Pacific.
Jon McCormack is an Australian-based artist and researcher in computing. He is currently full Professor of Computer Science and director of sensiLab at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Since the late 1980s McCormack has worked with computer code as a medium for creative expression. His artworks have been widely exhibited at leading galleries, museums and symposia, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), Tate Gallery (Liverpool, UK), ACM SIGGRAPH (USA), Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Australia). He is the recipient of over 16 awards for new media art and computing research including prizes at Ars Electronica (Austria), Images du Futur (Canada), New Voices, New Visions (USA), Alias/Wavefront (USA), The John Lansdown Award for Interactive Media (Europe/UK), Nagoya Biennial (Japan), the 2012 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science and the 2016 Lumen Prize for digital art (still images).
Poster Design: Jiyun Park