Knowledge and the artefact

RUST, C., HAWKINS, S., WHITELEY, G., WILSON, A. and RODDIS, J. (2000). Knowledge and the artefact. In: Proceedings of Doctoral Education In Design Conference, La Clusaz, France, July 2000.


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This paper discusses ways that knowledge may be found in or through artefacts. One purpose is to suggest situations where artefacts might be central to a narrative, rather than secondary to a text. A second purpose is to suggest ways that design and production of artefacts might be instrumental in eliciting knowledge.

Four general situations are proposed:

(1) Simple Forms - an artefact demonstrates or describes a principle or technique.

(2) Communication of Process - artefacts arising from a process make the process explicit.

(3) Artefacts Within the Research - artefacts are instrumental in advancing the research by communicating ideas or information.

(4) Knowledge Elicited by Artefacts - artefacts provide a stimulus or context which enables information to be uncovered. .

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 14:23

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