Autogenesis: Methodologies for Art Research

Sunbaker is a 1937 black-and-white photograph by Australian modernist photographer Max Dupain. © Max Dupain


  • The supposed development of living organisms from nonliving matter.
  • The process by which a vaccine is made from bacteria obtained from the patient’s own body.
  • The origin or mode of formation of something.


  • A set or system of methods, principles, and rules for regulating a given discipline, as in the arts or sciences.


  • The underlying principles and rules of organisation of a philosophical system or inquiry procedure.
  • The study of the principles underlying the organisation of the various sciences and the conduct of scientific inquiry.


  • A branch of pedagogics dealing with analysis and evaluation of subjects to be taught and of the methods of teaching them.