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An a/r/tographic métissage: Storying the self as pedagogic practice

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This article traces the experience of four arts educators as they consider ‘self as subject-matter’ through living inquiry. Anchored in arts-based approaches, storying the self four ways offers both an individual perspective and an a/r/tographic métissage of becoming through the weaving of narratives that derive from sociocultural and historical contexts. The practice of narrative as research considers the following questions: how does the presentation/communication component of life writing colour a narrative? What common and potentially universal experiences occur within life writing research? Through the collaborative exchange of four narratives, a fifth emerges: in response to the creative journey of others, and in documenting our entanglements with them, we open spaces. Illustrating how the introspective and extrospective interact with the visual or performative as a vehicle for revealing the self, this article posits that the self-in-relation to theory and practice becomes a way of knowing that broadens educational discourse among artists/researchers/teachers.
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Keywords: a/r/tography; collaboration; entanglement; in/sight; life writing; métissage; threadscape

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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