Missing the mountains or being the children of the sea (or not): A multi-method arts-based investigation

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Suominen, Anniina
dc.contributor.author Mäkivuoti, Eija
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-28T12:59:45Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-28T12:59:45Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/32321
dc.description.abstract The theme of the inquiry is to investigate, through a collaborative arts-based research investigation, how sense of belonging and not-belonging manifest among a group of migrating Faroese people through a storytelling process. In spring 2018, the artist-researcher collaborated with seven Faroese persons who have past or present experiences in living in Denmark. The thesis inquiry is a multi-method arts-based research investigation that utilises a method devised collaboratively through a guided auto-ethnographic inquiry in dialogue with the facilitating artist-researcher. The co-researchers engage in a 3-part-storytelling process through which they inquire their knowledge and lived experiences using a variety of expressive approaches. The collaborators share their lived experiences as people deriving from a small island nation situated in the midst of the North Atlantic Ocean, but also as people who are a part of the larger realm of the Danish Kingdom. The theoretical trajectories in the inquiry engage theories on representation and meaning-making, critical pedagogy, as well as collaborative and dialogic art practices, and as an undercurrent, postcolonial theories situated within the Nordic context. The theoretical trajectories provide a framework for critical self-reflection for the artist-researcher throughout the entire research process. This theoretical framework also raises essential ethical questions that inform how the collaboration between the artist-researcher and the collaborators is formulated and carried out. The theoretical trajectories lead towards an ethical approach in which the collaborating people are seen as co-creators of knowledge, as co-researchers and as the creators of their own narratives. In this collaborative research inquiry, the facilitating artist-researcher applies many roles and becomes for example a mentor, a curator and a sparring partner, who gently guides but does not direct, to keep the co-researchers engaged in a demanding 3-part storytelling process. In addition to the many roles in the inquiry, the artist-researcher becomes a storyteller in order to open up and bring the co-researchers’ complex and rich stories that they have shared with her during the collaboration further for a larger audience of readers. The aim is to crystallise, to make the entangling set of rich and complex stories from the co-researchers’ varied perspectives visible as a collaborative narrative. en
dc.format.extent 104
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Missing the mountains or being the children of the sea (or not): A multi-method arts-based investigation en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Department of Art en
dc.contributor.department Taiteen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword multi-method arts-based research en
dc.subject.keyword belonging en
dc.subject.keyword storytelling en
dc.subject.keyword dialogic art practices en
dc.subject.keyword ethical intervention en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201806283731
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Kallio-Tavin, Mira
dc.programme Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education en
dc.programme (NoVA) en


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