→ Chapter 2: New Ways of Looking

 Research into Practice
Research with Visual Media
Narrative Reseach

Chapter 2 documents my creative practice using different approaches and media to discover new ways of looking and thinking that can produce situated and critical insights. Furthermore, it should give the reader an impression of the culture and practice at NBL using three practice elements, each exploring a different facet of my documentation strategy. My approach to this section borrows from several different research traditions. Firstly, it can be understood as a form of ethnography or sometimes auto-ethnography, in which I aim to investigate and represent the culture at NBL through my and others’ perspectives.

I am also interested in the investigation and documentation process as a form of creative practice in itself. Thinking in different mediums of expression can bring surprising, media-specific challenges and insights. In this sense, I will also consider parts of this section as a form of artistic and performative research, in which I reflexively experiment with new approaches and media, as a way to find new ways of looking at and reflecting on my work. I hope this can give readers an engaging and vivid impression of my creative practice. 

In terms of the methodologies and approaches employed, some, such as photography, I have been using for over twenty years. Others, such as narrative enquiry, are entirely new. In each section, I will introduce one approach conceptually and discuss the available research methodologies. I will then discuss my experiences with these methods providing sample work, and use this to consider potential opportunities and limitations. Finally, I will ask what I have learned from each experiment and consider what new ways of thinking and looking the different approaches enable.

Reading List:
Gray, Carole, and Julian Malins. Visualizing Research: A Guide to the Research Process in Art and Design. Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004.

Haseman, Brad. 2006. ‘A Manifesto for Performative Research’. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy Practice-led Research (118): 88–106.

Ketelle, Diane. 2014. ‘The Ground They Walk On: Photography and Narrative Inquiry’. The Qualitative Report, November. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2010.1164.

Langmann, Sten, and David Pick. 2018. Photography as a Social Research Method. Singapore: Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-7279-6.

Pink, Sarah. 2007. Doing Visual Ethnography: Images, Media, and Representation in Research. 2nd ed. London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications.

Ryan, Mary. 2012. ‘The Pedagogical Balancing Act: Teaching Reflection in Higher Education’. Teaching in Higher Education - TEACH HIGH EDUC 18 (January): 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2012.69410

Smith, Hazel, and Roger Dean. Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts. Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts. Edinburgh University Press, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1515/9780748636303.

Walker, Erica B., and D. Matthew Boyer. 2018. ‘Research as Storytelling: The Use of Video for Mixed Methods Research’. Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy 3 (1): 8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40990-018-0020-4.