SAWDON, P. and TORMEY, J., 2008. Are ambiguous research outcomes undesirable? Fifth Biennial Research into Practice Conference, Royal Society of Arts, London, 31 October 2008.
This paper supports the position that interpretation in the visual and performing arts is fundamentally different from other disciplines. Specifically – in responding to the question: “Are un-ambiguous research outputs in the arts possible or desirable?” we argue that ambiguous research outputs are both desirable and inevitable – and that “interpretation” should not be constrained by the requirement of unambiguous language and that practice-based research should strive to demonstrate its findings by methods most appropriate to the mode of practice in question.
This is a conference paper. It was delivered with the 30 minute moving image sequence playing simultaneously.