Research for People Who (Think They) Would Rather Create


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By Dirk Vis

What is artistic research? What is a research document? How do these relate to the making process, invention, and creativity? What exactly is expected of me?

If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions, then this book is for you. In this user-friendly volume, Amsterdam-based author Dirk Vis lays out the basics of research for artists, offering a guide to the groundwork that has long been lacking.

How to formulate your topic and your argument; how to structure your text rhetorically; how to deploy quotations effectively; how to disseminate and distribute your work in a community: Vis guides readers through all of these questions in a clear and accessible fashion. This book is essential for students of the arts across all disciplines.

"At the heart of Research for People Who (Think They) Would Rather Create are dozens of examples from the field of art and design – each of which illustrates one specific aspect of developing a thesis, essay, paper, report, proposal, research document, or however else it may be referred to in your own setting. You can read this book from cover to cover, or you can immediately flip to those subjects which you find most relevant at any given moment. Ultimately, Research for People Who (Think They) Would Rather Create is an invitation to contribute – quite literally, with your own projects, examples, and questions – since our goal is to help you develop your own research."

With an introduction by Florian Cramer

Designed by Robert Reinartz
Edited by Dirk Vis and Florian Cramer

Published by Onomatopee
Second edition, 2023

Softcover, 136 pages, 80 b&w images, 5.1 × 7.9 inches

ISBN: 978-9-49-314843-7

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