Natalie Loveless – Research-Creation, Practice-Led Methodologies, and Interdisciplinary Discourse

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December 9, 2015
Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Feminist Media Studio
CJ Building, Room 2.130
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke W
Montreal (Qc)

How do the emergent categories of research-creation and practice-led research ask us to reconfigure how we understand our subjects and objects of study by opening us up to foreign methodologies and questions?  How do such reconfigurations offer new ways of developing and disseminating interdisciplinary knowledge that are crucial to the structure of the 21st century university as well as the university’s role in Canadian society? This paper argues that while research-creation in Canada is often, in the first instance, linked to artistic production, its real potential rests in its demand for a multi or poly-disciplinary perspective that, while marshaling the insights of emerging and developing arts research methodologies, exceeds the arts proper.

Natalie S. Loveless is an assistant professor of contemporary art and theory in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta, where she teaches classes on performance, feminism, and social practice and directs the KIAS funded Research Creation CoLABoratory.  She received a PhD in History of Consciousness (specialization in Visual Culture) from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an MA in Art History from Tufts University and an MFA in interdisciplinary studio from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston. She has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of Western Ontario, and Wilfrid Laurier University, and held research fellowships at the Center for the Humanities at Utrecht University and the Humanities Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine. Her work has appeared in The Canadian Journal of CommunicationsAfterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural CriticismS: The Journal of the Jan Van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology CritiqueAspect: The Chronicle Of New Media ArtThe Journal of Performance Research. Current projects include “Maternal Ecologies: An Autoethnographic and Artistic Exploration of Contemporary Motherhood” (funded by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), a book on Art and/as Research for Duke University Press, and a chapter on feminist art and the maternal for the forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Feminist Art Practice and Theory, co-edited by Hilary Robinson and Maria Elena Buszek.