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Please come along to the first in a series of topic discussions regarding artistic research & practice-led research – facilitated by val smith
Discussing systems of value in creative research and practice
Conventional Western market economies, ‘alternative’ economic models and Indigenous economies define, uphold and/or create value in different ways, enabling particular systems for the exchange of knowledge, resources, experience, and relationships.
One way to approach a conversation about systems of value in creative research and practice might be to say that Western value systems and a market driven discourse provide a hegemonic context for rethinking arts economies. We could also talk about how Indigenous and ‘alternative’ economic models are already being employed and explored by artists and artist-researchers, such as with gift and land based economies, manaakitanga and mauri ora, or traditional subsistence models.
How might we, as a diverse collective of practitioners working within and/or outside the institution, discuss the place of art in a world dominated by the systems of money, orders, hierarchies, class structures, and White governance models?
How do our artistic practices respond to, reflect, or counter economies and positions on power, control and agency?
What is the role of art in redefining and reimagining value, or in asserting older Indigenous practices and values?
Thursday 16 May
PhD Studios level 3, WE Block
AUT School of Art + Design
(Entrance 23 St Paul St)
Any questions, please email – email@example.com
Three texts are offered here as a point of departure to consider these questions:
- A video discussing the exhibition “From the Shore”, curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith
- A podcast in conversation with Brian Massumi and Erin Manning on the economic challenge to collectively reorganize how we value money
- The article “R-words: Refusing research” (2014) by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang
“From the Shore”, an exhibition curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith currently showing at Pātaka Art Museum, Porirua, considers the relevance and influence of pioneering Māori filmmakers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita, through six works by six artists. As discussed by Gordon-Smith in the video link below, the artists consider how to make work that could be self-determined, in non-colonial ways, “thinking about ways that the lens can be used to be mana enhancing, to tell stories that heighten particular Indigenous values”
“From the Shore” video link:
Brian Massumi and Erin Manning discuss the economic challenge of collectively reorganising how we value money in the interview linked below. The 30 minute podcast looks at the Three Ecologies Institute in its’ explorations of a gift economy, and the Institution’s attempts to centre the value of qualities of experience in an embodied context. Manning and Massumi’s current work is rethinking arts in the academy, experimenting with what it might mean to study, foregrounding emerging values, and values not accounted for, in dominant economies.
Tuck, E., Yang, K. W. (2014). R-words: Refusing research. In Paris, D., Winn, M. T. (Eds.), Humanizing research: Decolonizing qualitative inquiry with youth and communities (pp. 223-248). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Accessible via Eve Tuck’s website: