It will probably come as no surprise to those of you who know me that I think there is enormous value in blogging as a form of writing practice. It enables people to:
- test different kinds of writing in public (or indeed private)
- get used to writing regularly in different registers and scales
- consider types of audiences in very particular ways
- develop ongoing sensitisation to ideas
- shape and question artistic practices through text-based approaches
- develop a simple space to collect ideas, images, etc (probably the most common form of blog in relation to practice-research)
The work of Australian artist Lucas Ihlein is useful in this respect. His PhD (completed in 2010) was called Framing Everyday Experience: Blogging as Art and (as the title suggests!) it includes blogging as an art practice. Lucas is online at http://lucasihlein.net and @LucasIhlein. I’m sure he’d happily send you a copy of his PhD if you drop him a line.
Lucas’s writing and thinking reminds me of this:
Whether economic, philosophical, social or cultural, the context in which an artwork is created and the complicity of the artist within that context is intrinsic to its meaning.
In other words, context is everything (just replace artwork with product / writing / research / etc.). And what about this word complicity? What are the circumstances of resistance and complicity? Blogging (and other social media) technologies for sharing, publishing and producing are not value-free or transparent. They shape how we read and see, and invite particular assumptions on the part of the writer and reader.
Finally, anyone know of any other examples of blogging as artistic-scholarly practice that have formed part of doctoral (or other) submissions?
- Fred McVittie’s blogging PhD: http://www.e-space.mmu.ac.uk/e-space/bitstream/2173/323606/1/Fred+McVittie+PHD+Thesis.pdf (thanks to Bob Whalley for info)
- Joanna Buckwell submitted blogs as part of her PhD at Winchester: http://sirensongin3parts.blogspot.co.uk/. Ongoing work using live streaming, vlogs, and social media at
- Cath Heinemeyer has blogged as part of her PaR methodology: storytellingwithadolescents.blogspot.co.uk
- Richard Brown is planning on including website and blog in PaR submission:
Intermedial Performance and Improvisation:http://kinectic.net/; Mixed Reality Lab, Horizon DTC, Nottingham University.
- Jess Allen has provided a number of links to how she uses blogging to *document* her walking practice/work. See the comments below. Her primary site is https://allinadayswalk.org.uk/