Making Sense of My Creativity: Reflecting on Digital Autoethnography

Musgrave, G. 2019. Making Sense of My Creativity: Reflecting on Digital Autoethnography. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education. 13 (1), pp. 1-11.

TitleMaking Sense of My Creativity: Reflecting on Digital Autoethnography
TypeJournal article
AuthorsMusgrave, G.
Abstract

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.

Keywordsautoethnography
music
creativity
research methods
qualitative
JournalJournal of Artistic and Creative Education
Journal citation13 (1), pp. 1-11
ISSN1832-0465
Year2019
PublisherJournal of Artistic and Creative Education
Web address (URL)https://jace.online/index.php/jace/article/view/92
Publication dates
Published20 Oct 2019

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