I led a workshop with C-DaRE PhD students the other day and we looked at ideas and questions to do with documentation in practice-as-research projects. One of the things that we didn’t get to was a solo activity about the traces of practice. Here it is:
Collect an (exhaustive) list of the various traces or parts of your research to date. These might be images, conversations, writings, scribbles, notes, images, videos, formal writing, audio recordings …
Reflection and questions
- what are the traces of your practice(s)?
- how might they be organised? (un/obvious)
- what kinds of relationships exist between them?
- what ideas might they be serving other than your practice?
- what kinds of writing might make sense of and/or with these traces?
- how might they help to change or evolve your practice?
- what is missing?
- what are others doing that you might steal?
- what is un/necessary?
- what is most/least clear?
- who else has handled, organised, or developed similar traces?
- what becomes available to you?
- how do the other traces function? What if they are not other? How might a singular proposition, work, or iteration emerge from your practice?
- how might you understand or rethink loss, gain, documentation, liveness, and originality in relation to your traces?