fine arts
Research in Experimental Art
Examples | Methodology | Student Resources | Glossary | Teacher Resources

  • Read the descripiton and explore the various fields of experimental art research.
  • Study the examples to see what others have done.
  • Navigate through the Steps to plan your methodology.
  • Use the Student Resources to assist in carrying out your research.

Art Experimental - An imprecise term applied to art that is concerned with exploring new ideas and/or technology. It is sometimes used virtually synonymously with avant-garde, but experimental usually suggests a more explicit desire to extend the boundaries of the art in terms of materials or techniques, whereas avant-garde can include novel ideas expressed through traditional means. John A. Walker (Glossary of Art, Architecture and Design Since 1945, 1973, 3rd edn., 1992) writes that ‘it is a word with both positive and negative connotations: it is used to praise and condemn. Those writers for whom it is a term of praise often mean by it an empirical practice in which the artist plays with his materials and adopts chance procedures in the expectation that something of value will result … Those writers for whom “experimental” is a pejorative description mean by it “a trial run”, “not the finished work”, “something transitional”.’ Walker points out that in E. H. Gombrich's celebrated book The Story of Art, first published in 1950, the whole of 20th-century art was originally embraced in a chapter called ‘Experimental Art'.

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Step 1

Title for experiment written as “the effect of the independent variable on the dependent variable”

Step 2 Hypothesis in the form of an “ if-then” statement
Step 3 Independent variable
Step 4 Different levels of the independent variable
Step 5 Level of the independent variable that will serve as the control for the experiment
Step 6 Number of repeated trials for each level of the independent variable
Step 7 Dependent variables, including how they will be measured
Step 8 Constants
Step 9 Procedure: statements on how to carry out the experiment
Step 10

Data organization in table format

Step 11 Graphic representation – what is the outcome of the graph?
student resources
  • Art Rock - Explore experimental influences on rock music.
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