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Monday, 14 November 2016

Arts-based research Campus Session 11th November

Arts-based Research

This campus session the theme was abut using art-based research for BAPP Arts - connecting with previous studies but also using a wider brief of arts-related sources and ideas to think about planning and doing the inquiry (ideas for this can begin in Module 1). I brought in a variety of sources as examples.

Please look at the blogs for Lizzie (M2) Charnelle (M3) Tom  (M3) Lily (M3) Victoria (M2) and on skype Taz (M2) Megan (M2) and Lucy (M1).

Added links

Leavy's definition of arts-based research:

Arts-based research practices area a set of methodological tools used by researched across disciplines during all phases of social research , including data generation, analysis , interpretation , and representation . These emerging tools adapt the tenets of the creative arts in order to address social research questions in holistic and engaged ways in which theory ad practice are intertwined. Arts-based practices draw on literary writing, music, dance, performance, visual art, film and other mediums. Representational forms include by are not limited to short stories., novels, experimental writing forms, graphic novels, comics, poems. parables, collages, paintings, drawings sculpture, 3-D art , quilts and needlework, performance scripts, theatrical performances, dances, films, and songs and musical scores (2015, p. 4).

Leavy also explains that transdisciplinarity in the Essentials of Trandisciplinary Research (2011) - this is not unrelated to arts-based research but perhaps extends how research and scholarship might benefits others. Lizzie found this paragraph particularly helpful...

What is Transdisciplinarity?
Transdisciplinarity is an approach to conducting social reserach that involves synergistic collaboration beween two or more disciplines with high levels of integration between the disciplinary sets of knowledge. Transdsiciplinary research practices are issue-or problem-centred and prioritize the problem at the centre of the research over discipline -specific concerns, theories or methods. Transdisciplinary resarch is responsive to (public) needs. Methodologically, transdisiplainrity research follows responsive or iterative methodologies and requires innovations, creativity, and flexibility and often employs participatory research design strategies. Transdisiplinarity has the potential to greatly enhance public scholarship.

I also introduced a source from media research.
In1964 Marsahll McLuhan wrote about the 'medium is the message' talking about things like the new cultural environment invented by television and our awareness in negotiating this environments - think media and the latest televised political campaigns...

We talked about the putting the knowledge into a current context - I described a story recenlty told to bme about the success of the recent production of Sweeney Todd that went from the Tooting Arts Centre to the West End and now Broadway.


We also talked about how arts-based research could relate to social and cultural critiques using activism - e.g. stereotyping, scapegoating, politics (local, national and international).

Ideas from cultural criticism should not be used to prove something - but to understand the world in which we live and the the context for the coursework on BAPP Arts and did a few collective mind maps.


see link ont he BAPPMDX Youtube

other sources on the day - sorry - will tidy these up later if I can...
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Patricia Leavy 2015 Method Meets Art
The Essentials of Transdisicplinary Reserah
Patricia Leavy

Mendelowitz drawing- use drawing for reflective practice!

The Theory of the Avant-garde Renatol Poggiolit- inventing new art - think of your generation

Fit to dance Dance UK
how to conduct how to conduct a practice based study problems and methods Silvia Gherhardi
Merleau-ponty phenomenology and perception 1962 2002 translated by Colin Smith (Adesola introduced in our research for artefacts)

The diary of Frida Kahlo in intimate self-portrait Sarah M Lowe 1995

Being a dancer advice from dancers and choreographers Lyndsey Winship

Tharp, Twyla (2003)
The Creative Habit Learn It and Use It for Life

AMANS, D., 2013. Age and dancing: older people and community dance practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

AMANS, D., 2008. An introduction to community dance practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

PAYNE, H., 2006. Dance Movement Therapy. 2nd ed. edn. GB: Routledge Ltd.

Acting Through Song: Techniques and Exercises for Musical-Theatre Actors Paperback – 17 Jan 2013

Acting in Musical Theatre: A Comprehensive Course Paperback – 29 Oct 2015
You are here: Creating Musical Theatre

Creating musical theatre: conversations with Broadway directors and choreographers
Author: Lyn Cramer. Pages: 305 Publisher: Bloomsbury Us
Published: Jul 18, 2013

Metaphysics in Motion Sandra Fraleigh researching dance evolving modes of the enquiry edited by Sandra Haughton Fraleigh and Penelope Hanstein

Marshall McLuhan understanding media the extensions of man 1964
The art of dance in education Jacqueline Emma Smith-Autard but Second edition 2002 

ways are seeing John Berger BBC 1972

Native writers voices and power Kim SigafusLyle Earnst2012

Hegerty, John On creativity there are no rules Thames and Hudson

Tom's sources that Paula has now bought!
The actor and the target Declan Donnelan Second addition 2005
 the world and artists journal pages curated by Dawn Devries Sokol 2015

The cinema of Mike Leigh a sense of the real 2004 Gary Watson - a director with a difference


  1. It was a great session thank you!

  2. Thanks so much for this post and for that video, it looks that you had a great session there! And also really interesting information to process in the following days for me about it!

  3. Thank you for posting this Paula, looks like you had a great session - very interesting!

  4. learnt a lot from this session, thank you Paula

  5. Thank you for this Paula - Shame I couldn't be there but it looks like it was a great and a lot of good ideas were discussed.

  6. Thank you for the session, Paula. It was a great theme and discussion!