Art as Research (Abstract)

Stephen Wilson, Professor Conceptual Design, San Francisco State University. Copyright, 1996

It is a critical error to conceive of contemporary research as merely a technical enterprise; it has profound practical and philosophical implications for the culture. The shaping of research and development agendas could benefit from the involvement of a wider range of participants including artists. Instead of just consuming the products of research or commenting from afar, artists can participate more centrally in the research process. This paper explores a variety of issuses related to this researcher/ artist role including: the unique contributions artists might make, types of preparation required, descriptions of ways artists might function in research settings, and new opportunities for artist researchers. The full paper (21k) is available at