The company it keeps: Arts-based research as assemblage

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In this chapter I investigate the notion of ‘assemblage’ and illustrate the work that assemblage-informed arts-based research can do. Taking the view that an assemblage represents a complex of material − that is, more than technique − I explore how connections between artist/researcher, artwork, and other material aspects of the research context are established as assemblages. This is discussed in relation to two cases, one relating to academic leadership and scholarship, and the other to rural health. In both cases, a research participant was interviewed and an artwork made. These artworks were then shown back to the respective participants as a way of furthering our conversations. The ways in which the artworks gave free rein to deep thinking by the research participants and me as researcher are discussed. Highlighted is the manner in which this arts-based approach, conceptualised as assemblage, created connections, generated insight and transformed ways of knowing and acting in relation to the research topic. This discussion crosses the disciplinary boundaries of art, research, higher education and health care. In doing this, knowledge of assemblage and its application to arts-based research is extended.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond community engagement
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming dialogues in art, education, and the cultural sphere
EditorsKim Snepvangers, Donna Mathewson Mitchell
Place of PublicationChampaigne, ILL
PublisherCommon Ground Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781863350037
ISBN (Print)9781863350020, 9781863350013
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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