It sometimes makes artists sound a bit special whereas one of the things I like about this project is that artistic methods become everyone's concern and we place art in the everyday.
It would be good if people had a think about what they consider to be a useful 'take home' from the research though.
In a nutshell, this is what we said:
Through our analysis of the interviews, we identified three different but interconnected modes of approach that partners took to collaborating with artists:
New object: points at which collaboration, methodology or arts practice considerations point towards the creation or consideration of a new object of study. This often meant unsettling or disorientating standard academic practices. This could mean new emerging findings or lenses which came out of this collaboration.
Conceptual: artists being involved in the conceptualisation of the project or research – this could involve writing the bid and constructing the theoretical or methodological lens for the project.
Instrumental: ‘artists being used in a specific manner to deliver’ – we do not necessarily see this as a negative quality, but rather the concept of artists as useful, delivering a shared goal, was one we encountered frequently.
The processes of integration and collaboration between academics and artists involved both a widening of outcomes as well as a diversity of outputs.