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Having visits: Considerations on the researcher-as-host in participatory projects

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The Weaving Kiosk project was a series of nine temporary weaving spaces that took place in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland throughout 2017 and 2018. Each Kiosk provided catalysts for conversations beyond preconceived ideas of what hand weaving in northern Europe means today. Using the two-year participatory Weaving Kiosk project as a case study, this article seeks to complement Donna Haraway’s concept of ‘visiting’ as a research inquiry method with the idea of ‘having visits’ as a method for approaching participation. The methods of visiting and having visits share their central ambition, but differ in their motion vectors and material densities. While visiting describes an outward discovery into unknown physical and intellectual territory, having visits resonates as an inward discovery into an authored material territory through dialogue with the visitor, space and host. This article considers how the dialogical research tools used in the Weaving Kiosk become testable through having visits.

Keywords: hand weaving; host; inquiry; method; participation; visiting

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000099199582University of Gothenburg

Publication date: March 1, 2020

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