Connecting arts activism, diverse creativities and embodiment through practice as research

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Burnard, Pamela, Dragovic, Tatjana, Cook, Peter J. and Jasilek, Susanne. 2018. "Connecting arts activism, diverse creativities and embodiment through practice as research." De Bruin, Leon R., Burnard, Pamela and Davis, Susan (ed.) Creativities in arts education, research and practice: International perspectives for the future of learning and teaching. Netherlands. Brill. pp. 271-290
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Connecting arts activism, diverse creativities and embodiment through practice as research

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1375
Book TitleCreativities in arts education, research and practice: International perspectives for the future of learning and teaching
AuthorsBurnard, Pamela (Author), Dragovic, Tatjana (Author), Cook, Peter J. (Author) and Jasilek, Susanne (Author)
EditorsDe Bruin, Leon R., Burnard, Pamela and Davis, Susan
Volume15
Page Range271-290
SeriesCritical issues in the future of learning and teaching
Chapter Number17
Number of Pages20
Year2018
PublisherBrill
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISBN9789004369597
9789004369603
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004369603_017
Web Address (URL)https://brill.com/view/book/edcoll/9789004369603/BP000027.xml
Abstract

Environmental artists are ecologically and politically motivated to change the way we view our world. Artists undertake the production of art and activism, where the art-making becomes more than art; it becomes activism; a way that allows for raising awareness; a way to retrieve, express and communicate a political message. Here, diverse creativities (including intercultural, interdisciplinary, and artistic creativity) enable forms of authorship with particular kinds of power and capacity. In this chapter, We draw on three activist enquiry practices which embody: (i) intercultural creativity through an activist choreographic practice involving a Greenlandic and Scandinavian dance company; (ii) transdisciplinary creativity through an arts-based environmental education practice inspired by an activist sculpture involving a primary school in the UK; and (ii) artistic creativity inspired by an artist activist residency practice in a Higher Education setting in the UK. Each practice features artist-researcher collaborations. Each practice involves arts as activism. Each practice makes explicit an understanding of the body as inscriptor, where the relationship between the body, power and the authoring of diverse creativities is crucial in the embodiment of arts practice as research and arts education. Each practice as research stimulates reflection and discussion by teachers, students, artists, researchers and policy makers interested in what it might mean to live the arts-as-political-as-embodiment in creating practice as research where arts activism, diverse creativities and embodiment is manifest.

Keywordsarts activism; choreography; dance
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020360402. Dance and dance studies
390101. Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Southern Cross University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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