NON TRADITIONAL RESEARCH OUTPUTS
ERA ELIGIBILITY AND QUALITY IN THE CREATIVE ARTS
A QUALITY MATRIX
This introductory section outlines a general rationale for identifying quality in non-traditional research outputs, particularly in visual art, film and design. Given the infinite variety and mutability of forms in creative expression it will never be possible to establish a definitive template for classification. However at the core of this analysis of quality is the attempt to establish a framework or general matrix for editorial or peer-review equivalence to traditional publications under the interlocking tripartite domains of Venue, Theme and Scope.
The complex of factors that determine the quality of a NTRO are mostly external to the actual artefacts or works of art themselves and can be categorised under these three areas:
VENUE ∙THEME ∙SCOPE
These three planets vary in size and hardly ever align symmetrically.
Nevertheless, the venue for an exhibition, performance, screening or publication is given primary place since no work of art can qualify as research unless it is made publicly available. This is regardless of the quality of the individual work. For example, a commissioned painted portrait may be a superb and revealing rendering but if it hangs in the commissioner’s house rather than in the Archibald prize, for example, it is not available to the public. A brilliant unsuccessful public art proposal with maquette must first be exhibited before it qualifies for inclusion as a research output. This should not be a surprise since the value of a luminous manuscript in any field is absolutely contingent on its publication.