In and Between: Creative-Critical Collaboration

Interweaving film, poetry, performance and critical reflection, this collaborative practice-as-research (PaR) project involved academics and creative practitioners working in the Faculty of Creative Industries and Faculty of Business and Society, in association with the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations and the Border/Lines Group.

Duration: February 2011 – September 2012
Funding: USW Research Investment Scheme
Research team: Alice Entwistle (Principal Investigator), Jodie Allinson, Inga Burrows, Philip Gross, Stephen Lacey, Wyn Mason, Kevin Mills. With additional administrative support from Huw Jones.

Research context:

The project aimed to investigate the context in which new, mutli- and inter-disciplinary arts practice can occur and be theorised. It looked to promote and evaluate the synergies and potential for exchange and collaboration between working practices across and between different media, and explored methods of recording and documenting creative practice.

Research findings:

The project resulted in two collaborative artworks:

  • Frame and Flow – a poetry-film collaboration between poet Philip Gross and filmmaker Wyn Mason on the banks of the River Taff
  • On Vocation – a film-installation piece on Barry Island devised by performer Jodie Allinson and filmmaker Inga Burrows

A third strand involving Alice Entwistle, Kevin Mills and Stephen Lacey drew the two projects together via a series of critical-creative responses. The critical-creative responses and documentation relating to the making of the artworks can be found on project’s Wiki-site.

Research dissemination and impact:

To establish a critical engagement with the artworks a series of workshops were planned. These aimed to explore the relevant creative/critical cross-currencies and suggest new modes of reflections that could, in turn, influence the development of different outcomes.

The first workshop took place at the ATRiuM on 3 March 2012. Critical friends were invited to preview the two works-in-progress. The workshop also involved a roundtable discussion on the process of collaboration and how the project could develop in the future.

A final symposium was held at the ATRiuM on 12 September 2012. Professor John Schad (Lancaster University) gave a keynote lecture, and audiences were give the chance to view the completed artworks. Alice Entwistle, Kevin Mills and Stephen Lacey also discussed their creative-critical responses to the work. The day ended with two panel discussions – one on creative collaboration, the other on how to establish a critical/creative dialogue – involving academics and creative practitioners.

Research outputs:
  • Burrows, I. and Allinson, J. (2012) On Vocation. A 3-channel video (duration 7 mins, looped). Selected for the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Denbigh and District, 3 – 10 August, 2013. Also screened at the Making Tracks festival at the Whirlygig Cinema in London, 18 October 2012, and Chapter Arts Centre, 13 February 2013.
  • Gross, P. and Mason, W. (2012) Frame and Flow. Video (duration 35 mins). Screened at Chapter Arts Centre, 13 February 2013.