A/R/TOGRAPHY: AN INVITATION TO THINK THROUGH ART MAKING, RESEARCHING, TEACHING AND LEARNING
A/r/tography is making, teaching and learning as a form of living enquiry or reflective practice. The educator and the learners form an artist collective, they collaborate to develop artistic practices that give expression to each participant. It is an approach that emphasises co-production and co-design, where the learning is undertaken within a team approach. There are multiple contributions, viewpoints and approaches to art making. The research is an investigation into how to make together, while still retaining the uniqueness of each contribution. There is experimentation, thinking through making, creating as a team, and joined up decision making—everyone both teaches and learns and the agenda is subject to change.
A comprehensive website by Rita Irwin with a/r/tography articles and resources, link below:
A/R/TOGRAPHY AND THE VISUAL ARTS, SPECIAL ISSUE JOURNAL
“To be engaged in the practice of a/r/tography means to inquire in the world through an ongoing process of art making in any art form and writing not separate or illustrative of each other but interconnected and woven through each other to create relational and/or enhanced meanings. A/r/tographical work are often rendered through the methodological concepts of contiguity, living inquiry, openings, metaphor/metonymy, reverberations and excess, which are enacted and presented/ performed when a relational aesthetic inquiry condition is envisioned as embodied understandings and exchanges between art and text, and between and among the broadly conceived identities of artist/researcher/teacher. A/r/tography is inherently about self as artist/researcher/teacher yet it is also social when groups or communities of a/r/tographers come together to engage in shared inquiries, act as critical friends, articulate an evolution of research questions, and present their collective evocative/ provocative works to others” (Irwin, R. and Sinner, A., 2013)