Janis Jefferies (UK)


Over the last two decades, a lively discussion has developed about the relationship between art and research. The roles of the professional artist and the professional researcher have in many ways come closer to one another and often merged in fruitful ways. At the university level, the
criteria for various forms of research related to art and design have emerged with increasingly explicit and articulated means for communicating and evaluating the results, and established practices for publishing the results. But where is the practice and on what terms are practice based and practice led research, formed?

This paper will explore some aspects of the paradigm shift from artist as practitioner to the artist as researcher and how the idea of visual arts and design practices has been transformed in the process. It will also examine how artist/researchers are functioning within a computer-mediated culture and what this impact has on the future of studio and practice based research within the universities.

Janis Jefferies is Professor of Visual Arts, Director of the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles and Artistic Director of Goldsmiths Digital Studios at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She is an artist, writer and curator. During the last 25 years she has made significant contributions to the practice and theory of contemporary textile art within the field of visual and material culture through many solo and group exhibitions. She has also curated numbers of exhibitions, written numerous publications and edited two books. At the present time she is an associate researcher at Hexagram (Institute for Research Creation in Media Arts and Technologies), Concordia University, Montreal on electronic textiles and new forms of media communication in cloth. She also convenes the only PhD practice led programme in Arts and
Computational technology within the University of London.