The notion of interdisciplinarity has become popular in recent years, not only in art practice, which has long been using combinations of ideas and media, but also in the more traditionally academic fields. Discipline boundaries have begun to dissolve, with research increasingly based on issues and specific questions, rather than the disciplines themselves. Collaborative projects are emerging, and scientists are more and more turning to contemporary art practice for new insights. With increasing confidence in art as a research process, combinations such as Arts and Health, or Art and Science, have established a prominent presence in the professional artworld in Ireland and the UK. The degree of freedom and input of the artist in such collaborations is often varied – the artist may act as illustrator, technical advisor, communicator, researcher or theorist. It could be argued by sceptics that there is a danger for artists in these relationships to simply provide the aesthetic facade for the other parties' work. This article will explore the role of the art practitioner in such collaborative partnerships.
|Journal||Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|