⌘P_ the site of publication in contemporary practice was developed for Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design) from a conference paper delivered at the Mahi Toi. Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators Conference ANZAAE. Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, NZ. 20-23 April 2009 - titled, ⌘ P_Intersections in Practice. Fiona Grieve and Monique Redmond.

Paper Abstract. This paper titled, ⌘ P_Intersections in Practice critically reflects on the growth of publication-based projects in the NZ art and design industry, and identifies how these have enriched the discourse between design and visual arts education and the wider creative community. The platform or venue of dissemination has shifted to incorporate alternative sites for exhibition, interview, discussion and display. The notion of the publication has morphed into a broad range of low to high-end productions that encourage the viewer to engage in a manner of ways, integrating recognised viewing experiences with that of a 'reader'. As interactive zones of discourse, these sites have become the new 'show and tell' podiums of creative industries for design and visual arts practice. This paper will sample a range of NZ-based projects that utilise publication platforms to inform and underpin their practices. An example of this is the Threaded project, a bi-annual magazine that facilitates a dialogue between art, craft and design practices across a range of creative disciplines. Utilising the construct of the interview as a critical device, Threaded adopted an interview structure that shed light on the intersection between diverse disciplines and offered personal insights into practice and research. By situating the practitioner as both interviewer and interviewee, Threaded has been able to create a platform that is both reflective and reflexive in its examination of practitioners engaged in both practice-based research and professional contexts. These types of publications circulate an expanded field of contemporary thinking and practice, offering new ways to negotiate design and visual arts discourse.

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Scope (Art & Design) aims to engage discussion on contemporary research in the visual arts. It is concerned with views and critical debates surrounding issues of practice, theory, history and their relationships as manifested through the visual and related arts and activities, such as sound, performance, curation, tactile and immersive environments, digital scapes and methodological considerations. With New Zealand and its Pacific neighbours as a backdrop, but not its only stage, Scope (Art & Design) seeks to address the matters which concern contemporary artists and arts enquirers in their environments of practice.

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