The Artlab project has to remain innately flexible but also profoundly grounded (it must necessarily deploy multiple methods appropriate to each time, place and context). While being principally a practice-led creative research process, it is also based within strong theoretical contexts generated by the artists which who informally ‘test’ the development of ideas in a continual spiralling between theory and practice. In this way the creative practice moves between the known and the unknown or the ‘yet to be revealed’.
Grounding theories will be drawn from the different perspectives and will seek to find connections between Fry’s ‘Re-Futuring’ (Fry, 1999) practices and Armstrong’s ‘ecosophical’ media art practices (Armstrong, 2005) and other team member’s stated positions. These theories will form the foundation for collective dialogue with First Nation cultures.
By definition, approaches will vary due to each location and context and therefore will remain contingent. However the opportunity to experiment with forms other than one’s own will be encourage in the nature of a ‘radical’ creative process.
All outcomes of the Artlab are regarded as ‘open source’ information which can be made publicly available through both work in progress showings, peer feedback, web/social networking presence so that the research can be both understood and potentially re-applied by others– thereby contributing towards better and more powerful ‘worlding’ ‘images’.