Making links: ideas generation to support individual research journeys

Holland Otik

Hereford College of Arts, Hereford College of Arts, Folly Lane, Hereford, HR1 1LT; H.Otik@hca.ac.uk

5th May 2017

Abstract

Sharing a technique aimed at preparing students for the dissertation, both in ideas gathering and in creating a personal articulation of these ideas, this workshop uses pedagogies from the M.A Crafts programme (Done and Porch, 2014) that build on research from Mayo (2016) on link-making as a catalyst for ideas. The workshop invites delegates to participate in a kinaesthetic activity which supports embodied learning, reflection and critical practice.

Following a demonstration, delegates will be encouraged to make links between self-selected images and words, then to reflect on these links and identify overarching concepts. In the studio such techniques serve multiple purposes; transforming an individual’s ‘area of interest’ into an idea to be explored, identifying self- reflexive positions, and defining the start of a research journey.

The workshop asks how we might support the linking of theory and practice through experimenting with a methodology which encourages both individual exploration, meta-cognition and facilitates the beginning of a cohesive self-directed research project.