composition is not research

Some fairly provocative ideas from John Croft here:

http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/bitstream/2438/10922/3/Fulltext.pdf

He makes a lot of very broad assumptions about research which I find hard to reconcile but it’s definitely worth a read.

the cognitive content of art while insisting on its resistance to conceptualisation – it presents rather than represents, discloses without describing. In terms of Wittgenstein’s famous distinction, such things can only be shown, not told.

And here’s Ian Pace’s response:

http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/12804/1/Composition%20and%20Performance%20can%20be%20and%20often%20have%20been%20Research.pdf

On 25 November there’s going to be a conversation about these ideas. http://futurepracticeresearch.org/2015/11/10/can-composition-and-performance-be-research-critical-perspectives-at-city-university/

I have plans to make it along.

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