Creative Practice Research in the Age of Neoliberal Hopelessness

Creative Practice Research in the Age of Neoliberal Hopelessness

by Agnieszka Piotrowska (Editor)


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In Creative Practice Research in Film and Media, creative practitioners discuss their experiences and examine how to retain integrity during times of political and economic battles in higher education, and attempts to quantify creative work. It uses the notion of tactical compliance to evaluate whether and when creative practitioners compromise their creativity by working within the higher education system. It offers a space for reflection for both practitioners and theorists, and it presents a much-needed intervention, which will be of interest to all academics engaged with creative practice as research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474463560
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 08/22/2020
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Agnieszka Piotrowska is an award-winning filmmaker and theorist, a Reader in Film Practice and Theory at the University of Bedfordshire and Visiting Professor at Gdansk University. Best known for her iconic documentary Married to the Eiffel Tower (2008), she is the author of three monographs and numerous journal articles. This is her fourth edited collection.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Against Compromises and Complicities, Agnieszka Piotrowska; Against the Grain: Women Film Practitioners and Theorists Talk Creative Practice and Theory, Jill Daniels, Rachel Velody and Eylem Atakav; Married to the Eiffel Tower (2008) – Notes on Love, Loss and Knowledge, Agnieszka Piotrowska; Creativity and Neoliberalism: Between Autonomy, Resistance and Tactical Compliance, Thomas Elsaesser; Tactical Compliance and the Persistence of Elsaesser, William Brown; Storytelling and Game Playing, Alexis Weedon; Autonomy and the Other Woman: Queer Active Agency and Postcolonial Expectations, Jenny Barrett and Rosa Fong; From Neolithic to Neoliberal, Tony Clancy; First-Person Expression on ‘non-Western’ Screens – China as a Case Study, Kiki Tianqi Yu; Scholarly Exploration of the Creative Process: Integrating Film Theory and Practice, Warren Buckland; Teaching Practice as Theory: Guerrilla Filmmaking, William Brown; Baits of Falsehood: The Role of Fiction in Documentary or From Untheorised Practice to Unpractised Theory, Bruce Eadie; Repented (2019) – A Creative Intersemiotic Translation, Agnieszka Piotrowska; Notes on Agnieszka Piotrowska’s Repented, Thomas Elsaesser; How Do You See Me? The Camera as Transitional Object in Diasporic, Domestic Ethnography, Nariman Massoumi; ‘Shut Your Hole, Girlie. Mine’s Making Money, Doll’: Creative Practice-Research & the Problem of Professionalism, Roberta Mock; Feminist ‘Pensive-Creative Praxis’ and Irigaray: A Porous, Dialogical Encounter, Judith Rifeser; The Paths of Creation or How Can I Help My Dybbouk to Get Out of Me?, Isabelle Starkier; ‘We Want to Kill Boko Haram’. Reflections on the Photographic Representation of Children in a Displacement Camp, Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin; Between ‘counter-movement’ (Ingold) and ‘living with ghosts’ (Demos), Mischa Twitchin; Screen Memories: A Video Essay on Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries, Catherine Grant

What People are Saying About This

Professor Emeritus Elizabeth Cowie

The book’s focus is on film and video practice as research and the ways such creative work may both produce new knowledge and create new ways in which actuality is represented as knowable and as knowledge. Many of the authors are themselves documentary film-makers and they explore in their essay both their practice itself and their thinking about the films they have made in highly original ways. The essays offer illuminating insights and new theoretical perspectives, making the book a very important contribution to film studies and practice within the academy.

Lúcia Nagib

This trailblazing book finally brings together two areas often and unfairly seen as discrete: practice and research. Passionately arguing for film as conveyor of scholarly knowledge and, more daringly, for the author’s subjective inscription in creative work, editor Agnieszka Piotrowska launches a generative forum, where notable creators-cum-theorists engage in self-revealing, sometimes dissonant, but always inspiring dialogue. A feat to be celebrated.

Patricia Pisters

Creative Practice Research in the Age of Neoliberal Hopelessness offers a unique investigation of the different ways in which creative filmmaking offers its own distinctive forms of research and relates to theoretical insights. The emphasis on auto-ethnographic work, personal reflections on creative practice and the subjective dimensions of knowledge give surprising and candid cutting edge insights that are uncommon in academic texts. With variegated contributions from all corners of the world, this book provide a wealth of perspectives and practices to teach and think about in the growing field of creative audio-visual practice, research and theory.

Brenda Hollweg

In times of affective capitalism, information overkill and the neo-liberal university Creative Practice Research, in exquisite and challenging ways, makes visible to which extent artistic research as system-critical craft and politics can help us to produce deep knowledge and resist the growing co-option and institutionalisation of creativity itself.

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