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‘IS THIS IT?’: A PRELUDE FOR ASKING QUESTIONS IN CREATIVE PRACTICE.

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1 ‘IS THIS IT?’: A PRELUDE FOR ASKING QUESTIONS IN CREATIVE PRACTICE

2 WHAT IS A QUESTION? 1. a request for information or for a reply, which usually ends with a question mark if written or on a rising intonation if spoken 2. a doubt or uncertainty about somebody or something 3. a matter that is the subject of discussion, debate, or negotiation 4. a problem to be discussed or solved in an examination

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7 To summarize some ‘question’ keywords: Request (for something unknown to you) - an appeal to another body or interlocutor (a body of knowledge, a specialist) A relational act to something outside you…

8 Uncertainty… (the background to the known) A question is an address in relation to what is unknown - to question is to operate within the unknown, with ignorance as the ground of possibility - it is on the condition that you don’t know that you can proceed… If you are a ‘know-it-all’ you have nowhere to go… To question is acknowledge incompleteness of yourself - ‘I don’t know’ - and of the world - ‘why is X like that?’ - to do so allows change…

9 Discussion - an activity where something outside yourself is talked about with others Problem - a thing that is ‘wrong’ which provokes activity (creative solutions and compromises…)

10 Some question words: WHY? WHAT? WHEN? WHO? HOW?

11 Are there different forms of asking a question? Formal? Academic? Intuitive? Logical? Irrational? Analytical? Impolite? Through an object making procedure? Through linguistic discourse? How do these differ - how might they come together?

12 How to form a question… Some things to ask yourself: What do you want to know? Why? In what context will you conduct this research? How will you conduct this activity? What is your chosen form of research? What function will it serve?

13 THE WAY A QUESTION IS POSED WILL INFORM THE WAY IT IS ANSWERED! The way a question is posed will inform the way it is answered…

14 THE WAY A QUESTION IS POSED WILL INFORM THE WAY IT IS ANSWERED! The way a question is posed will inform the way it is answered… Are you asking with a shout or with quiet but insistent persistence?

15 THE WAY A QUESTION IS POSED WILL INFORM THE WAY IT IS ANSWERED! The way a question is posed will inform the way it is answered… Are you asking with a shout or with quiet but insistent persistence? Are you opening up the ground for answers that might not conform to your expectations or are you deciding the results beforehand?

16 To pose a question is also to form your own expectations… How will you negotiate these? How much do you expect to achieve? How do you hope to do this? How will the work act as a question to the viewer? How can you avoid the trap of offering quick solutions and engage in more prolonged investigations of a problematic?

17 An activity to prepare for the question session: A: Find 3x example questions to discuss in a small group… These can take any form - from a TV quiz show to an exam question via a PhD topic… How have they been posed? What form did they take? How many terms were brought up - did it ramble or was it precise? What kinds of answers were found? (Did these lead to new questions?) B: Bring some questions that inform your MA project and think of how you wish this to inform the shape of your project proposal…

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