“Making (Mum’s 72nd Birthday) Special”

As part of my practice-led research, I am currently investigating the ideas of Ellen Dissanayake (associate professor in the school of Music at the University of Washington) from her text Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why. Dissanayake approaches the origin and purpose of “art” from an anthropological perspective. In this book she asks,Continue reading ““Making (Mum’s 72nd Birthday) Special””

Reaching back to hold the present

My grandmother Ruby Sercerchi was determined, intelligent, gifted and loving. She died of ALS when I was in middle-school. The first thing that I remember her loosing to that ruthless disease was the dexterity required of her hands to practice in her knitting. I have talked about my grandmother before in this blog and mentioned her workContinue reading “Reaching back to hold the present”

Curious about Practice-Led Research?

As I continue to read for my Methodology comprehensive exam, I wanted to take a moment and share this piece with you. I believe this video from Swinburne University in Melbourne Australia does an excellent job of outlining the basic philosophies of Practice-Led Research (PLR). It addresses how the methodology (or perhaps, simply, the method)Continue reading “Curious about Practice-Led Research?”

Making is ConnectingI

Recently I happened upon David Gauntlett’s book Making is Connecting (no, literally, I was searching for another book in the stacks and was attracted to the graphics on the cover) at the university. David Gauntlett is Professor of Media Communications at University of Westminster, UK. In the introduction, Gauntlett notes that the ‘real’ point of theContinue reading “Making is ConnectingI”