Output

Output (in terms of the research and what /where the ‘practice’ is).

In Creative Practice, the output is the practice.

What does research mean in relation to creative practice? It is not the research that lies behind the work – it is not, for example, the research into transport systems that you might undertake to get your characters around the city in your novel. It is not the research into the history of chiaroscuro to make your Painting, and, if you’re a performance artist, research is not how other artists embody presence in absentia. It is not the research you might undertake into the history of the sonnet to write your sonnet sequence or research into how other novelists use objects to define a certain historical period for their fiction. The practice-based research occurs in the act of producing the output. It is the way in which the piece of creative work finds (or invents) the appropriate formal embodiment for the research questions it raises. This might involve a rethinking of the sonnet form and the sonnet sequence, for example, in the process. It is also the way in which the piece of creative work is itself productive of insights.

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