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VUIT Digital Arts

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email:
Education Manager: Adam Hutterer - email:

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Subject: REM - Research Methods

Course: Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV60411)

CLASS 06imagine





// objectives

to develop your own theories on creative practice
to evaluate different aspects of history and theory that have challenged the way we create

// time: 2 hours

// final submission: class discussion and questionaire


In this task you will apply communication and literacy skills and develop you own views and ideas on the topic – creatively.

Is everything a remix? Is everything being used, and then re-used again for commercial purposes…or could it be something entirely different that is being created through the remix process?

This 7-part series of short documentary films may seem to be quite general and full of "pop culture" references, but underlying the content is an idea that many designers, artists and academics are currently discussing in relation to creative research, and what we do as creative practitioners.

So what are your thoughts…how do you feel about the issues of remix, ownership of content, intellectual property etc?

After watching the series, “Everything is a Remix”, Consider issues relating to reflective practice and artistic research & how you fit in to a continuum of creative practice:

Please answer the following questions in your journal:

  • Where do our ideas come from?

  • How much does past work inform future work?

  • How much credit should we give those past works that have been used as the basis for the creation of new works?

  • What designers/artists that have come before you have influenced your practice?

  • How do you feel about remix, appropriation, "quotation" (that post-modern favourite), and what do you think about the current litigious climate involving many creative works?

  • How open and free should our creative content be?

  • Give an example of Skeuomorphism


Everyone may have different opinions about sharing and copyright of their works and as designers, there may be commercial imperatives for strict copyright of designs.

For some creative work, you may consider using Creative Commons licensing which allows people to share your work with different conditions that you specify such as the right to share the work as long as it is attributed to you, the right to allow copies to be made but not derivative new works from your creative content. See the Creative Commons website here for more information:

Creative Commons: <>




Main text for this subject

Smith, Keri 2008, How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum, Penguin Books


Academic texts on creative research

Borgdorff, Henk 2010, "The Production of Knowledge in Artistic Research" in The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts, Routledge

Candy, Linda 2006, Practice Based Research: A Guide, Creativity & Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney, CCS Report: 2006-V1.0 November, viewed 22/11/2010 < >

Fortnum, Rebecca 2009, "On Not Knowing; how artists think – Symposium Introduction", Symposium: On not knowing: how artists think, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, < >

Gray, C. & Malins, J ,1993, Research Procedures / Methodology for Artists & Designers, < >

Smith, Hazel & Dean, Roger T. (Editors) 2010, Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts, Edinburgh University Press





For Next Week

Keep up to date with your explorer journal. Remember to add the following each week:

  1. A colourful and creative mindmap of the word of the week (one page)
  2. Find an article that you find interesting and write a 100 word reflection on it. (What did you like, did not like etc) Make sure you paste a copy of the article in your journal (two pages)
  3. A photo you have taken yourself that you find interesting. Make sure you date it, tell us its location and why you took it. (two pages)
  4. A treasure discovery. Find something from the urban landscape of Melbourne and place this in your journal. 

    Tell us why you find it interesting. (two pages)
  5. ALL Notes/examples of your weekly class activity.