|Title||Making Sense of My Creativity: Reflecting on Digital Autoethnography|
By examining specific datasets used in my research into my own career as a musician, this paper presents an argument for the use of digital data-trails in the construction of creative career-based autoethnographies. The paper is driven by a desire to assist researchers, notably students but practitioner academics too, interested in using their own creative lives as an object of research by reflecting on my own experiences of conducting a four-year research project which traced my artistic career from unknown rapper to a songwriter signed to Sony/EMI/ATV. In doing so, I hope to offer educators working in the creative arts a helping starting point for our research students. It is suggested that key to the autoethnographic approach is the generation of data, and that for contemporary musicians-and others in creative fields-the way our careers are digitally self-documented online presents interesting possibilities for reconsidering data sources. This paper critically considers the practice of autoethnography, contributing towards literature which both evaluates this methodology and seeks to offer a perspective which might help other researchers interested in the suitability and applicability of autoethnography to investigate their own creative careers and experiences.
|Journal||Journal of Artistic and Creative Education|
|Journal citation||13 (1), pp. 1-11|
|Publisher||Journal of Artistic and Creative Education|
|Web address (URL)||https://jace.online/index.php/jace/article/view/92|
|Published||20 Oct 2019|