Cuckoo – using action research to record oral history


  • Anna Liebzeit


Objective: To describe use of the Action Research stages of Planning, Action and Reflection as a valuable framework for an artist when developing new work. Approach: Artists generally work intuitively in an Action Research model. This paper demonstrates this process over a number of years from the inception of a creative enquiry to the final development the audio piece Cuckoo. Conclusion: Careful thought and planning can coexist with the intuitive creative process delivering an artist to a conclusion otherwise not anticipated. The cycles of action research led me to delve deeper and question family history and it's relationship to power structures and institutions.