Artist participation
Each period in the history of art makes specific demands on the researcher. Research into contemporary art requires a range of tools and approaches that differ fundamentally from the methods applied to earlier periods in art history. Not only has the versatility of production increased exponentially since 1950, but in addition the way in which it is embedded in society, both physically and philosophically, has changed profoundly.

Based on various available methods and source material from diverse scientific disciplines, the research started to take shape. The broad framework, to which the actual artist participation is a significant contributory factor, was studied in the light of anthropological and sociological reference works. What we learned form the field of anthropology, is that social interaction always indicates observation, participation and communication. 'Communication' is often arranged in the form of an artist interview, in which data are assembled. 'Observation and participation' are often organized as collaboration between artists and conservators with an exchange of experiences. Both approaches provide an opportunity to examine why and how an artist is working the way he does.

The methods followed for artist’s participation were twofold: Artist’s interviews and Interactions with artists and works of art.
Furthermore, extensive literature search was carried out on Qualitative research methods; Anthropology of experience; Phenomenological research methods.

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Research on artist's participation (pages includes )
Summary Anthropology of Experience (page includes )
Summary Designing Qualitative Research (page includes )
Summary Interviewing in Depth (page includes )
Summary Interviews (page includes )
Summary Phenomenological Research Methods (page includes )