Hybrid Artistic Research

Alan Murray

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Alan Murray has a simple and pragmatic approach to art making; ‘knowledge is only meaningful when coupled with action’. Indeed by doing things himself and temporarily disengaging the abstract, he hopes to shed new light on seemingly simple matters. In 1991 he made a series of works with household steam iron instruction manuals challenging industry to make better manuals. Recently he has developed a guide to the game of squash suggesting the designer needs to be totally immersed to be able to translate expert and complex information.

This paper explores how art that positions itself in an applied arena can develop meaningful research that, by its hybrid nature, reflects on both the applied and the artistic.

Furthermore it may be possible for the artist to be designer to be user, based on overlapping interests in materials, technologies and practices. When a practitioner works in another profession they become, by definition, an amateur. This paper argues that historically obsessive amateurs have been the creative force that has begun and fuelled revolution (eg. the Lunar Society of Birmingham). Engineers are looking to bring a creative and playful element to their practice alongside standardisation and exploitation. Artistic research can show the way.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2013
EventCritique 2013 - Adelaide (University of South Australia, Australia
Duration: 26 Nov 201329 Nov 2013


ConferenceCritique 2013
CityAdelaide (University of South Australia


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