Method without discipline

Malik, Suhail. 2007. 'Method without discipline'. In: Inventing methodologies 2: an interdisciplinary workshop on postgraduate practice-based research. Goldsmiths, University of London February 2007. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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These brief introductory remarks address how the demand that contemporary art be a critical undertaking determines it to be a rigorous method of situated enquiry. Such a methodological operation however suffers several 'faults' with regard to conventions of subject-specific research, primarily that contemporary art has no defining boundary or object of analysis – especially not 'art'. While the absence of such definition or limit grants art its extra-ordinary license and 'promiscuous' interdisciplinarity, it also means that critical art as method proceeds without disciplinary authority, security or ambition.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

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Organized by Research Unit for Contemporary Art Practice, Department of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths.


art; research

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Goldsmiths, University of London

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February 2007

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19 May 2008 16:51

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16 Jun 2017 15:28


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