‘The most crucial effect of performance practice as research is to dislocate knowledge. Such performed moment can unravel all established forms of representation, becoming irresistibly viral to any assumed stability of thought. The source of that power is paradoxical as it makes the commonplace extraordinary’ (Kershaw, 2009).
Presented by three filmmakers and post-graduate candidates from RMIT’s School of Media and Communication, this podcast entitled ‘Research in Motion: Documentary and Practice-led Methodology’ is itself a form of performance practice as research. By taking the form of a podcast, this discussion enables the authors’ ideas to evolve as they have this conversation, dislocating knowledge as opposed to presenting a sterilised set of ideas. Discussing the issues that they face as post-graduate practice-led researchers, they use the exchange as an improvisational technique that allows them to discover ideas that aren’t otherwise possible to have when following a strict theoretical framework. This is a method that is often used in a creative practice-led methodology. It is also a transparent process that demonstrates what it is like to arrive at new notions and challenging these notions as they are formed.
Topics discussed include the process of finding synergy between the theory and the practice; which informs the creative work more; the role of the exegesis; and the act of creation and its effect on the project. ‘Research in Motion’ aims to unravel the experience of practice-led research, through the eyes of the documentary filmmaker.
The presenters are three documentary filmmakers and post-graduate candidates in RMIT’s School of Media and Communication. Smiljana Glisovic is in her third year of a PhD which studies what an audio-visual practice can reveal to us about our relationship to place. Patrick Kelly is in his final year of a PhD which examines Slow Media, Modernity and filmmaking technology through documentary practice. Andrea Rassell is completing her Masters through a documentary looking at the relationship between filmmakers and film critics in Australia.