Just intuitive.

Melrose, Susan (2005) Just intuitive. In: The impossibility of representation?, 23 April 2005., AHRC Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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One of the key issues in higher degree performance-as-research projects is the nature of academic writing itself - as a major mode of 'documentation' of research practices - and how to acquire it if you have been trained in performance-making rather than writing-productive practices. My first point today relates to the question of mastering research-writing register/s in the context of expert practices. A second key issue concerns the status of expert performance-making practices in that same higher degree context. In arguing that, within the university context, we might usefully approach these as epistemic practices, which operate in terms of a range of different imperatives, I am attempting to signal that the tenacious old "theory vs practice" divide is non-productive - and avoidable - in practice-as-research contexts. But we need to begin saying so, providing the appropriate argument. My third point will be that we need to begin to identify, in writing, how expert practitioners work, as distinct from producing spectator-based interpretations of that work. I am proposing that expert performance-making practices tend to work, to a significant degree, at a particular interface, where the operations of expert intuition meet the operations specific to the logics of performance-production.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts
Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Dance group
Middlesex University Schools and Centres > Theatre Arts group
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Deposited On:17 Nov 2009 16:01
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