Living through the Covid-19 global pandemic has changed the way that we experience our lives, the way that we relate to one-another, and the way that we engage with the world. Focusing contextually on the initial lockdowns of the pandemic in 2020, this book proposes that art-based research has a central, illuminative role to play in our understanding of unfolding crises.
The changes brought on by the global event may not be readily accessible or expressible through traditional academic research. Art-based research offers the opportunity to explore, document, and reflect on the emerging and often ineffable qualities of transformed lives by drawing on emotional, bodily, and interactive aspects of experience. Such an approach allows for meaning-making that makes room for reflexive, interpersonal, and dialogical engagement. The contributions aim to capture and explore lived experiences of the pandemic, as well as begin a discussion about how meaning-making is changing through and beyond the pandemic. This book further explores how the nature and practice of art-based research in itself has been challenged and transformed.
The book will be of interest to scholars working in art education, art psychotherapy, consumer research, visual studies, cultural studies, and sociology.
Table of Contents
Usva Seregina and Astrid Van den Bossche
PART 1: CONNECTION
1. Wandering with Wonder: From Social Practices to Artistic Practices and Back
Luciana Walther and Carlos Eduardo Félix da Costa
2. Drawing the Group: A Visual Exploration of a Therapeutic Space Online
3. Collaging Covid Holidays: Using Collage as a Communal Method for Reflection and Research
Usva Seregina and Aurélie Broeckerhoff
4. Performing Forgiveness in the Age of Covid-19: Creating a Hybrid Space for Dialogue and Peacebuilding
Rana Aytug, Tom Gorman, Elly Harrowell and Victoria Thoms
PART 2: CHANGE
5. Living Aesthetics in a (Post)Pandemic World
Laurie A. Meamber
6. Encounters of Nothingness: Dilemmas of the Uncanny Self
7. Hollowed Out: Creative Coding and the Pandemic Urban Imaginary
Astrid Van den Bossche
8. "Can You Hear Me Now?" Listening and Living in Disruptive (Post)Pandemic Soundworlds
PART 3: CONFRONTATION
9. Poetic Reflection (PR): Voices in Pandemic Period
10. Faces of Self-Isolation
11. Everyone’s a Photographer: Reflections on Photography as Creative Expression through Lockdown
12. "Public School Teachers, You All Completely Disgust Me!": How My Fake Trump Fought the Revolt of the Elites in Pandemic-Era Ann Arbor
Astrid Van den Bossche and Usva Seregina
Usva Seregina is a visual artist and a researcher of consumer culture. Their work focuses on exploring topics of consumerism, consumer agency, and gender performance, as well as developing art-based research methods.
Astrid Van den Bossche is a Lecturer at the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London. Her work takes literary, historical, and computational approaches to understanding promotional cultures.