Public Engagement & Performance Conference 29/30 March 2019
The following outline provides a guide to the running order for the conference and below you will find a selection of the some of the presentations.
Additional information will be available later in the week.
10:00 Registration 10:30 Welcome & Introduction Kitrina Douglas 10:40 Workshop:Creative Writing Gayle Letherby
11:50 Workshop "The Visual Novel" Matthew Staples 13:00 Lunch & time to explore the Hepworth galleries 14:00 Films & Live performances/multi media presentations [open to the public] 16:40 Day one finish 18:00 Evening social tbc (not included in conference costs)
10:00 Round table discussion with directors and producers 11:00 Presentations sessions one - paper & multi media 13:00 Lunch & time to explore Hepworth galleries 14:00 Presentations sessions two - paper & multi media 15:00 Dilemmas Cafe - solving issues with public engagement
Below are a selection of submission
FILM Dancing Days by Helle Winther
The film follows one teacher, 21 university students and 200 high school pupils from various cultural backgrounds. It focuses especially on the young university students in a challenging course of teaching emphasizing creativity, embodied leadership and dance.
‘Everyone Knows Me as the Weird Kid’: Being Bisexual, Genderfluid and Fifteen,
David Carless, Kitrina Douglas, Kate Milnes and Tamara Turner-Moore,
Leeds Beckett University
Film ACADEMIC ACTIVISM IN A TIME OF CHAOS by Jackie Goode
In their 2006 book ‘Contesting empire/globalizing dissent’ Denzin and Giardina quote Chomsky on the responsibility of intellectuals (“i.e. you, dear reader”), who have “a moral and professional obligation to speak the truth, to expose lies, and see events in their historical perspective.” We must tell politics like a story, they assert. The film ‘Academic Activism in a Time of Chaos’ attempts to do this. Using examples from their own work, a selection of social science academics at different stages in their careers share their own perspectives on what might constitute activism.
Interest Free Love: performance/moving image work (total running time: 20 mins) by Christopher Sunders
Interest Free Love: combines auto-ethnography and moving image works to contemplate growing up in the self-destructive/defensive depressive state of ambivalence.
‘Interest Free Love’ takes its title from a series of ‘conditional love’ ransom notes written by parents to their children.
‘Factory Settings’re-mediates several video versions of the seminal clinical experiment ‘The Strange situation’ conceived by the Developmental Psychologist Mary Ainsworth in 1969 who devised a procedure to observe Attachment relationships between caregiver and child. By re-working the repetitious clinical material Factory Settings evokes the eerie psychological thriller.
‘Gold Chain’ explores the psychic predestination of new life by imagining the competing needs of mother and unborn child as the two exchange their love vows. Gold Chain is a moving image work from a series of ‘anti-climb’ videos using vertical rising lines of text to disclose what often inhibits our psychological capacity to ‘rise.
“Now You See Me”
by Myntha Anthym, University of Denver
A Choreopoem on ‘Making the Invisible Unavoidable as an Ethical Imperative in Critical Arts-Based Inquiry’
With Gayle Lertherby
“That there are truths to be found in stories is inarguable. Similarly, there is always an element of interpretation in research, and every written text is a product or particular social, political, technical, economic and personal events.”
The focus of this workshop will be the exploration of ‘fictional’ representations of research data, pedagogic reflections, theoretical and P/political concerns. In addition to writing some short pieces of poetry and/or prose we will also engage in some creative editing. All you need fothis workshop is a paper and pen/tablet/computer and your imagination.
In progress workshop “exploring the visual novel” with Matthew Staples, Leeds Beckett University
Workshop “Make Your Own Research Board Game” with Alke Groppel Wegener Staffordshire University
Chris Blackmore, University of Sheffield,
The Labyrinths of Sheffield Improving well-being through urban nature”. In this presentation, we report on the process of collaborating and the resulting public engagement activity.
Paint Your Pain
Our in progress project provides representations of pain and creates a network of communication between members of the public. We ask the public to paint their pictorial representation of pain related to any illness directly or indirectly connected to the person. We are interested in analysing artworks collected by detecting differences in shapes, use of different colours, types of brush strokes, size of the drawing, etc. Each painting tells the story of different pains. Following our analysis, the artist uses the paintings to produce artworks summarising different visions of pain in the form of performances, visual and audio art as part of exhibitions and festivals. This allows us to communicate to the public how pain linked to illness affects everyday life.
For more information about the project, workshops and seminars please go to: Webpage: https://www.sarvenazsohrabi.com/art-health-portfolio
Twitter page: @PYPUOS
From a Beat and a Melody Come a Lyric and a Truth: Kitrina Douglas
“At its most basic we are only discussing a learned skill, but do we not agree that sometimes the most basic skills can create things far beyond our expectations? We are talking about tools and carpentry, about words and style … but as we move along, you’d do well to remember that we are also talking about magic. (Stephen King, 2000, p. 155)”
The Genie’s Tale
In this performance I explore the process of songwriting as social research through an autoethnography about using the body and a musical instrument as a basis for uncovering truths we didn’t know we knew
Growing up Colonial in the Gold Coast (Ghana) a film by
Afua Twum-Danso Imoh, University of Sheffield
‘Uses and abuses of performance in a collaborative doctoral project. Intention and motivation.’
Tim Beucher, University of Hull
Positioning ‘Artactivistbarbie’ To Problematise Representations Of Gender In Art Galleries And Museums work in progress.
Sarah Williamson, University of Huddersfield
Below extracts from some of last years contributions
FILM: A Well Trodden Path (the distance between two places) by Janice Howard (Oxford Brookes University).
“We are more alike than we are different\”: Co-Creating Intergenerational Theatre, Georgina Binnie, University of Leeds. Writing Back is an intergenerational letter-writing project that tackles loneliness and improves wellbeing by matching University of Leeds students as pen pals with older Yorkshire residents. Since 2014, the pen pals’ correspondence has provided a powerful testimony as to the impact of loneliness on both age demographics. In 2016-17, a collaboration between Writing Back and Fall into Place, a local, community-theatre group, led to the pen pals’ letters being transformed into two innovative and cross-generational performances. This presentation with multi-media footage and the reflections of the cast and the audience, advocates for the power of intergenerational theatre to create health-related and community change across the generations.
|FILM & PRESENTATION: “Reborn” presented by Matthew Staples, Leeds Beckett University.A short film portraying the experiences of a qualified PE teacher with a disability based on life-story interviews.|
PERFORMANCE: Unconscious into Concsious: A personal story of emergent creativity in response to trauma. Jan Filer (BACP, PTUK, Sherborne International Association, University of Bristol). This auto-ethnography is set in the genre of dance/movement. It shows how, as therapist and client, I integrate creative arts into therapy. This experiential insight ‘Shows’ as much as it ‘tells’ about my story and what it is like to be me as I inquire into the meaning of living my life as a piece of research.
Whirlpool & Reverberations are two short films that stem from research exploring bullying. In “Whirlpool” we attempt to amplify experiences of participants that are difficult or impossible to voice about being bullied while in “Reverberations” the researchers attempt to reflect on their own experiences.
PAPER: Critical Arts-Based Research: A Performance of Provocation presented by Carl Bagley, (Queen’s University Belfast). The paper from a Critical Race Theory standpoint draws on data from life history interviews with undocumented Mexican-Americans, and live performance work with Mexican-American artists, to reflect on the ways in which critical arts-based research impacts upon research participants as artists, subjects, and audience. ..Our intent in this paper is to draw on post-performance interviews and correspondence with artists, subjects and audience members to critically reflect on participant impact; an impact which in this article we are calling a performance of provocation.
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