Research plan abstract
Liisa Jaakonaho 2018
Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki
Fluctuation, Cross-fertilisation and Friction
From artistic-pedagogic encounters to rhizomes of ethical questions (and back)
In my doctoral research I investigate ethical questions stemming from the boundary areas between art, pedagogy and care. The project enters into basic human questions of encountering difference, whilst contributing to the current discussions around the meanings and practices of agencies that cross the sectoral boundaries between art and social care. The starting point for the research is work as a dance pedagogue in a social care context, with differently abled adults (people with intellectual and developmental disabilities). In the research practice I utilise the means of inclusive dance pedagogy and performance/live art.
As artistic research, the project produces new knowledge about the role of art in the society, investigating how art can take place and generate meanings in the boundary areas between different contexts, in different encounters, and through artistic expositions that reflect those encounters. The project unloads categorizations and binaries; for example the divide between ”applied” and ”autonomous” art. It also challenges conventional, humanistic notions of subjectivity and agency - proposing that an expanded understanding of disability sheds new light on the post-human subject and artistic agency in post-anthropocentric times. Rather than exposing or “othering” people with disabilities, the gaze is turned to the embodied experience of the researcher, and to the material premises and circumstances around the artistic-pedagogic practice.
Methodologically the research is influenced by discourses of artistic research, critical ethnography, post-qualitative educational research, performative research paradigm, and intertextuality. Theoretical framework includes dance studies, critical disability studies, feminist theory, care ethics, critical pedagogy, performance studies, poststructuralism, and posthumanism.
Key research questions are:
In 2017-2019 the research is funded by The Finnish Cultural Foundation and The Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA).