How to Make Art at the End of the World

A Manifesto for Research-Creation

Book Pages: 176 Illustrations: 12 illustrations Published: August 2019

Art and Visual Culture, Gender and Sexuality > Feminism and Women’s Studies, Pedagogy and Higher Education

In recent years, the rise of research-creation—a scholarly activity that considers art practices as research methods in their own right—has emerged from the organic convergences of the arts and interdisciplinary humanities, and it has been fostered by universities wishing to enhance their public profiles. In How to Make Art at the End of the World Natalie Loveless draws on diverse perspectives—from feminist science studies to psychoanalytic theory, as well as her own experience advising undergraduate and graduate students—to argue for research-creation as both a means to produce innovative scholarship and a way to transform pedagogy and research within the contemporary neoliberal university. Championing experimental, artistically driven methods of teaching, researching, and publication, research-creation works to render daily life in the academy more pedagogically, politically, and affectively sustainable, as well as more responsive to issues of social and ecological justice.


“In this beautifully argued, eminently readable book, stories are the center of attention. Morphing art and knowledge in the neoliberal university situates thinking and pedagogy. Curiosity-driven transdisciplinary practice is both motor and object of analysis. Natalie Loveless asks how stories craft worlds in politically and sensually attuned modes. I treasure the extensive knowledge of modernist performance art and art activism broadly, as well as rich semiotic and psychoanalytic readings of stories and performance. This book is itself a loving act of research-creation.” — Donna J. Haraway, author of Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

“In her evocative book How to Make Art at the End of the World, Natalie Loveless has captured the most urgent and far-reaching question concerning our cultural environment, that is, how to inhabit it in an era of geopolitical uncertainty. This is a daunting task; her ambitious answer, grounded in examples of alternative critical pedagogies, aims to reduce the toxic colonial footprint in arts education by developing a sustainable research-creation model based on differential multiplicities. And that gives us hope.” — Mary Kelly, Judge Widney Professor, USC Roski School of Art and Design

 “A necessary read for artists and scholars who are drawn to, or already working with, artistically driven methods of teaching and researching.... Through the text, readers will gain a deeper understanding of how research-creation, beyond doing artistic research, is about creatively intervening in feminist and anti-racist research practices.”

— Jo Billows and Stephanie Springgay, Journal for Artistic Research


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Natalie Loveless is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the University of Alberta and editor of New Maternalisms Redux and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Acknowledgments  ix
Introduction: Art in the Expanded Field  1
1. Haraway's Dog  19
2. Discipline(s)  38
3. Polydisciplinamory  59
4. Drive(s)  77
Conclusion. Art at the End of the World  97
Notes  109
References  131
Index  149
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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0402-8 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0372-4