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On liveness: using arts workshops as a research method

Tarr, Jen, Gonzalez-Polledo, Elena and Cornish, Flora ORCID: 0000-0002-3404-9385 (2017) On liveness: using arts workshops as a research method. Qualitative Research, 18 (1). pp. 36-52. ISSN 1468-7941

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1468794117694219


Drawing on a research project using arts workshops to explore pain communication, we develop a methodological reflection on the significance of the liveness of arts-based methods. We discuss how liveness informed the design of workshops to provoke novel forms of communication; how it produced uncontrollable and unpredictable workshops, whose unfolding we theorize as ‘imprography’. It also constituted affective and collective experiences of ‘being there’ as important but difficult-to-record parts of the data, which raises challenges to current understandings of what constitutes data, particularly in the context of team research and in light of directives for archiving and reuse. We explore the implications of liveness for methodological practice.

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Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2016 14:50
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2024 04:57

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