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Thou Art: The multiple gaze of audio-visual, community-based participatory research

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This article describes an audio-visual, first-person narrative exploration of the interface of mental ill health and artistic practice. It extracts, for closer inspection, the question of how we maintain fidelity of the first person in such narrative work, and, as researchers, work with, rather than disavow, our own unconscious and emotional responses to the data. The article suggests that a psychosocial approach to understanding audio-visual interview data offers a way through the maze of challenge surrounding audio-visual data and the encounter between the audio-visual and the researcher.

Keywords: audio-visual; encounter; first-person narrative; mental health; participatory; psychosocial

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University College London

Publication date: 2011-08-22

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  • The Journal of Applied Arts and Health serves a wide community of artists, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers evidencing the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary use of arts in health and arts for health. It provides a forum for the publication and debate within an interdisciplinary field of arts in healthcare and health promotion. The journal defines 'health' broadly which includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social and community health.
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