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Visual Participatory Arts Based Research in the City
Ontology, Aesthetics and Ethics

ISBN 9780367462963
Published April 7, 2022 by Routledge
170 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Visual Participatory Arts Based Research in the Cities maps ontological, aesthetic and ethic differences between humanist and posthumanist arts-based research, while providing insight on methodological orientations to develop arts-based research with frameworks based on process-philosophies.

It is the first book on arts-based research which focuses on the city, adopting a posthumanist approach to the assembled nature of urban environments, where agency is distributed across infrastructures, technologies, spaces, things, and bodies. Chapters one to seven feature a series of studies, situated in different cities in Europe and the Americas, which outline experiences of movement, inhabitancy, interdependence, collaboration, infrastructuring and sensorial re-calibration informed by art practices in film, photography, digital projection, installation, performance and art as social practice. At the core of this book is the idea that aesthetic ecologies of cities do not depend solely on human activity, relying instead on non-logocentric modalities of collective life.

The book is an indispensable tool to researchers, instructors and graduate students in education, the social sciences and the arts aiming to conceive, design and develop projects in arts-based research.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction: Visual participatory arts-based research in the city: Outlining posthumanist approaches.  Part I: Ontologies Reorientations.  2.Relocating the cinema in the city: The case of El Solar de la Puri.  3.Fred Herzog's affective engagements with things in the city of Vancouver.  4.Black life and aesthetic sociality in the Subúrbio Ferroviário de Salvador, Bahia.  Part II: Aesthetic Practice.  5.Lively pathways: Finding the aesthetic in everyday practice.  6.A hauntological enlivening of the Coma Cros archive through pedagogical inquiry and live performance.  Part III: Ethics of Participation.  7.The Lynden Sculpture Garden’s Call and Response Program: To wonder, encounter, and emplace through the radical Black imagination.  8.A poetics of opacity: Towards a new ethics of participation in gallery-based art projects with young people.  Epilogue.The remaking of collective life in (post)pandemic times.

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Laura Trafí-Prats is a Senior Lecturer of Childhood Studies and Research Methodologies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Laura’s research engages with and responds to children and young people’s sensory and material experiences in a variety of contexts including urban spaces, the natural environment and schooling.

Aurelio Castro-Varela is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Pedagogies at the University of Barcelona. His research focuses on learning environments and urban arts-based practices through a new materialist perspective. He is also a member of the research group Esbrina and postdoctoral researcher in the European project Pleasurescapes. Port Cities’ Transnational Forces of Integration