Working with uncertainty: generating relational insights with, in and through arts-based research

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    Participatory arts-based research (ABR) is at the core of my pracademic (Posner, 2009) approach to collaborative projects and causes me to consider the role of inter/transdisciplinary and relational approaches to knowledge. Central to this way of working is the notion of „uncertainty‟ as an innate force within the research trajectory. In this presentation/workshop I explore how (ABR) as understood through a/r/tography, is always in a state of becoming (Spinggay, 2008; Irwin and O‟Donoghue, 2012). When taking on an a/r/tographic disposition I too am in a state of flux with the research process as waves of uncertainties disrupt assumptions and expectations, and touch un/known possibilities. Events from my PhD research and two recent ABR projects reveal disruption, flux, and shifts as ABR, provoked by important current issues, moves into action. This presentation will refer to Museums, Arts and Wellbeing (MAW), a spearhead project funded with a 2018 *Robert Blackwood Seed Grant, where I worked in a research team
    with colleagues from Monash University and Museums Victoria to draw intergenerational connections between museum and community for health and wellbeing. We aimed to build a pedagogy of restoration among seniors and
    school children while connecting community and museum contexts. The presentation will also explore an ongoing initiative, the Plastic Pacific Provocation (PPP), an event where educators/students from Tokyo Gakugei and Monash
    University met and continue to explore the vital materiality (Bennett, 2010) of single-use and washed-up plastic while thinking on the shared plastic/ocean that joins Japan and Australia. The presentation/workshop will include a presentation and participatory arts-based activity.
    * The Museums, Art and Wellbeing project was supported by a Robert Blackwood Seed Grant (2017/18) as part of the Monash University and Museums Victoria seed funding scheme. The Research team consisted of: Laura Alfrey,
    Geraldine Burke, Clare Hall, Justen O‟Connor (Monash University) Alexandra Price, Linda Sproal and Nadya Tkachenko (Museums Victoria).
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019
    EventAustralian Association for Research in Education Theory Workshop 2019

    - The University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia
    Duration: 31 May 20192 Jun 2019


    WorkshopAustralian Association for Research in Education Theory Workshop 2019

    OtherEnacting collaborative interdisciplinary research agendas for real world problems - priorities, provocations and possibilities
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