|ResCen, the Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts, exists to further the understanding of how artists research and develop new processes and forms by working with professional artists and others.
Our aims are:
- to establish new understandings of creative methods and their application in practice-as-research, extending knowledge-bases in these areas;
- to explore and challenge traditional hypothesis-centred and critical-analytical research methodologies established within the University;
- to redefine notions of research within the economies of professional creative practice and the University;
- to profile art-making as work; the arts disciplines and interdisciplinarity; the pleasures of discovery and the notion of the emergent premise in art-making;
- to establish a critical mass of artist-researchers, meeting regularly, to instigate and inform new creative work across disciplines;
- to provide a variety of structures and infrastructures to support artist-researchers in the definition of their research, and the making of their work;
- to develop new modes of mapping and disseminating, specific to the creative process, through publication and innovative use of the site of publication: page, digital space or aural track;
- to further develop criteria for the definition and evaluation of creative practice-as-research, as part of the wider national and international debate;
- to contribute to the development of a national infrastructure supporting practice-as-research, at the interface between academic and other centres of art-making;
- to communicate shifts in theories of professional art-making to relevant national and international communities.