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The Relational Art Inquiry Tool: Expanding the possibilities of and for a/r/tographic research

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posted on 2023-05-24, 16:56 authored by Abbey MacDonaldAbbey MacDonald
This presentation explores the potential, and associated challenges of and benefits for a/r/tographic inquiry in non-Arts, education or social science contexts with researchers and participants from non-Arts backgrounds. Due to the embodied ways of knowing and evocative potential integral to a/r/tographic research, the research underpinning this paper sought to devise a set of guiding tools that could be used to support researchers and participants from non-Arts backgrounds to interact powerfully with and enact a/r/tographic inquiry. Within this exploration, the paper unpacks and explains the development of the Relational Art Inquiry Tool (RAIT) and how this can be used to support non-Arts background researchers and participants to enact a/r/tography, to see and find ways to visually articulate complexity, uncertainty and the potential ‘unseens’ within storied accounts. Development of the RAIT was informed by a diverse range of theory and ideas underpinning a/r/tography methodology (Irwin, 2004), Gallas’ elements of inquiry (2011) and Hetland’s Studio Habits of Mind (2013). In embracing the potential for a/r/tography, a pilot exploration within a sport and exercise research context was conducted, as well as supporting a mixed-methods researcher to conduct a/r/tographic inquiry. This pecha kucha presentation shares how the RAIT tool was developed and then trialed to cultivate transformative understandings and interpretations through a process of relational and creative becoming.


Publication title

Proceedings of the 7th World Alliance for Arts Education Conference


Faculty of Education


World Alliance for Arts Education

Place of publication

New Zealand

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The 7th World Alliance for Arts Education Conference

Event Venue

Auckland, New Zealand

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Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies

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