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'Second Wave' Practice Research: Doing ‘effective sharing’

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Rachel Hann

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Transcript of 'Second Wave' Practice Research: Doing ‘effective sharing’

Dr. Rachel Hann
University of Surrey
Second Wave Practice Research:
Arguments for renewed ecologies of 'effective sharing'
The term 'Practice Research' avoids the micro-politics of practice as/through/based/led.
Individuals such as Prof. Bruce Brown announced that the argument for Practice Research had been won.
Distinct calls to commit to peer review processes and signpost excellence.
'First Wave'
Concerned with arguing the 'right' to conduct research through practice.
Focused on convincing the 'knowledge' administrators (university management, HEFCE).
Directed towards the interests of artists working within the academy.
First Wave Outcomes
Other methods of knowledge representation are recognized by administrators.
Culture of developing Practice Research projects for the purpose of administrator recognition:
Submitting research in inaccessible 'boxes' for the eyes of REF panels only.
Little or no focus on the legacy of the research (how might others respond to, or critique, knowledge claims).
Lack of accessibility leads to a new culture of suspicion (within the discipline).
'Second Wave'
Knowledge assessment must be redirected towards the discipline at large.
Peer review communities are vital.
Knowledge narratives should be accessible and sustainable.
New Section of Studies in Theatre & Performance
Practice Matters
Co-editors Rachel Hann and Victor Ladron Guevara
The argument for Practice Research is accepted.
To recognise the significance of multi-model and non-traditional research methods within twenty-first century Theatre & Performance studies.

To support and develop PaR outcomes through a rigorous peer review process.

Provide an on-going academic platform to disseminate advice and feedback on practice-centric research methods.

To support contributions, as part of the print journal and/or website, through a range of different media (including video, audio, text, images, etc.).

Promote the knowledge claims of PaR work by providing a sustainable archive of previous projects and working methods.

(Hann and Ladron Guevara 2015: 4)
London Charter
Key Principles:

Aims and Methods
Research Sources
People might say things as, ‘if I could put it into words, I would have to dance it’. While I have considerable sympathy with this point of view, it can be unhelpful. […] I believe the complementary writing of artists might afford access to the complex process of making to non-specialists.
(Nelson 2013: 36-37)
Complementary Writing

Hann, Rachel. 2015. 'Practice Matters: Arguments for a ‘Second Wave’ of Practice Research'
The Future of Practice Research Blog
July 8th URL: https://futurepracticeresearch.org/2015/07/28/practice-matters-arguments-for-a-second-wave-of-practice-research/

Hann, Rachel. and Ladron de Guevara, Victor. 2015. ‘Addressing Practice: Introducing a new section for STP’,
Studies in Theatre & Performance
35.1: 3-6.

Nelson, Robin. 2013.
Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances
, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Phelan, Peggy. 1993.
Unmarked: The Politics of Performance
, New York & London: Routledge

REF. 2011. ‘Assessment framework and guidance on submissions’,
REF 2014
. [accessed 14/07/2015] URL: http://www.ref.ac.uk/pubs/2011-02/

Thank you
Performance’s only life is in the present. Performance cannot be saved, recorded, documented, or otherwise participate in the circulation of representations of representations: once it does so, it becomes something other than performance.
(Phelan 1993: 146)

For the purposes of the REF, research is defined as a process of investigation leading to new insights, effectively shared

(REF 2011: 48)

Practice Research?
The principles of this Charter are valid wherever the multiple methods and mediums aligned with Practice Research are applied to the research or dissemination of new knowledge or insights.
A Practice Research method should normally be used only when it is the most appropriate available method for that purpose.
In order to ensure the intellectual integrity of Practice Research methods and outcomes, relevant research sources should be identified and evaluated in a structured and documented way.
Strategies should be planned and implemented to ensure the long-term sustainability of Practice Research outcomes and documentation, in order to avoid loss of this growing part of human intellectual, social, economic and artistic heritage.
The creation and dissemination of Practice Research should be planned in such a way as to ensure that maximum possible benefits are achieved for the study, understanding, interpretation, preservation and management of the project's knowledge claims.
A Charter for Practice Research?
Sufficient information should be documented and disseminated to allow Practice Research methods and outcomes to be understood and evaluated in relation to the contexts and purposes for which they are deployed.
Acknowledgment that while the conditions of knowledge may be fleeting, there is a responsibility to sustain the knowledge claims beyond the timeframe of the individual project.
Second Wave start ups?
Second Wave support:
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