Art/Re-search (T)here emerges from a project between seven re-searchers (Absolon, 2011; Rowe, 2020), pedagogues, writers, co-creators and co-conspirators from diverse fields, including Cultural studies, Education, English Literature, Film Studies, Social Work, Game Design, Indigenous Studies, and Labour Studies. Everyone came to the project because they wanted to do research differently through art. Art/Re-search (T)here (from here/from there) created new networks and connections in higher learning (Taylor, 2019) that I have been working through via ongoing artistic and re-search processes.
As the primary investigator of this thesis, I think-make-do about how “methods require (in)tensions” (Springgay & Truman, 2017, p. 211). I consider the importance of be-longing and re-storying through art; understanding “the power of stories as something that emerges not only at the level of content but that of form” (Loveless, 2020, p. 24). I think about how projects embody ethico-onto-epistem-ologies (Barad, 2007) of getting lost (Lather, 2007) and I do so through feminist new materialist philosophies (Barad, 2007) and (post)qualitative (Lather, 2007) practices of the data/dada (Morawski & Palulis, 2002) that emerged. This occurs through multiple diffractive (Barad, 2007) pedagogic assemblages (Ellsworth, 2005) with/in virtual/material/discursive inhabited spaces. Art/Re-search (T)here facilitated collaborative modes of questioning and re-questioning through individual inquiry, collaborative mail art, and an art installation as a pedagogical assemblage.
*Final thesis and images forthcoming (2022)
Absolon, K. E. (2011). Kaandossiwin: How we come to know. Halifax: Fernwood Pub.
Barad, K. (2007). Meeting the Universe Halfway. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Ellsworth, E. (2005). Place of learning: Media, architecture, pedagogy. New York: Routledge/ Farmer.
Lather, P. (2007). Getting lost: Feminist efforts toward a double(d) science. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Loveless, N. (2019). How to Make Art at the End of the World : A Manifesto for Research Creation. Duke University Press.
Rowe, G. (2020). Resurgence of Indigenous Nationhood: Centering the stories of Indigenous full spectrum doulas. Unpublished PhD, Individual Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Taylor, C. A. (2019). Unfolding: Co-Conspirators, Contemplations, Complications and More. in Taylor, C., & In Bayley, A. (Eds). Posthumanism and higher education: Reimagining pedagogy, practice and research, pp. 2-26. Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan.
Springgay, S., & Truman, S. E. (2017). On the Need for Methods Beyond Proceduralism: Speculative Middles, (In)tensions, and Response-Ability in Research. Qualitative Inquiry 24 (3), 203–214.
Geneviève Cloutier would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.
She would also like to acknowledge that she lives and works on the unceded and unsurrendered traditional territory of Anishinabeg Peoples, and that this acknowledgment includes a responsibility to create a more just future.