Socially committed practice: issues of authenticity in arts related research

Katherine Wimpenny, Victoria Barron

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In this essay we discuss a number of criteria to be taken into consideration to prompt the viewer/critic to deliberate and appreciate what is being portrayed as ‘authentic’ arts-based research. We engage with wider philosophical thinking and writing about authenticity and how this has been considered within research practice, before making links to arts-based research and questions of authenticity. Drawing upon Barone and Eisner’s (2012) six criteria for appraising arts based research, and with project examples from our own education practice, we discuss ways to sensitively explore the possibilities of arts-based research and the relationships between the data, theory, creating and doing, drawing on experience, and engaging aesthetically with meaning, self and other (Savin-Baden & Wimpenny’s 2014, 68).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in the arts // new trajectories of authenticity: Authenticity, polymathy and dissimulation
EditorsJosé Quaresma
Place of PublicationLisbon
PublisherAssociação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses: Lisboa
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978 - 972 - 9451 - 85 - 0
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2019

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