A case study: Articulating embodied practice with poise

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EKSIG 2011: SkinDeep - Experiential Knowledge and Multi Sensory Communication - Proceedings of the International Conference 2011 of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge, 2011
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In this paper I will examine the role artefacts play in the context of a practice-based research project. Alone artefacts would not constitute research but I will present a Case Study examining how a self-produced single artefact, named PULLEY SAC became a compelling artefact within my design practice. The study revolves around a first person account of the context in which the PULLEY SAC emerged within practice. I pay particular attention to the phenomena of noticing, whereby particular aspects of a current activity show up as significant against a background of ongoing creative practice and articulation, which draws out through reflective writing background aspects of the practice pertinent to the researcher. The study examines the way PULLEY SAC enabled me to articulate important aspects of creative practice by pointing to how the artefact is taken up in bodily engagement and how it emerged through practice. I will discuss practice as an embodied and receptive mode of experiencing that enabled me to be drawn into the contingencies of a making situation, extended it so to resolve it in a way that was consistent with my particular mode of creative practice. In the second part of the paper I extend the Case Study to examine creative practice in relation to the notion Poise developed by Samuel Todes. Here I argue the practitioner-researcher take up a location within practice rather than without in order to draw out significant aspects of skilled practice as a mode of receptivity encompassing both somatic awareness and artefactual engagement.
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