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Alpha: A Report to an Academy

MacDonald, Juliet (2014) Alpha: A Report to an Academy. Journal for Artistic Research, 5.

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Abstract

This is a report of an art-research project that started over four years ago. It concerns drawings made by a chimpanzee as part of a scientific experiment conducted in the 1940s. On the first page I summarise the background to my project, the discussion of drawing that provides a context, and the areas of enquiry that are exposed. On three further pages of the exposition I discuss the methods by which I conducted the research. ‘Collecting’ describes the acquisition of second-hand books dating from the first half of the twentieth century. In ‘Tracing’ I discuss the retracing of drawings made by the chimpanzee named Alpha. The third of these pages, ‘Experimenting’, shows the development of this research during an artist’s residency at MEANTIME in 2012.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal that promotes artistic research. JAR provides a digital platform that enables authors to design the layout of their submissions. This article consists of five web pages and includes video content and image sequences. The Journal also includes comments/reviews of this article by Bryndis Snaebjörnsdottir and Phil Sawdon.
Status: Published
DOI: 10.22501/jar.49782
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Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
School/Department: School of Art, Design & Computer Science
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2512

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