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A/r/tography Around the World

Irwin, RL, Pardinas, MJA, Barney, DT, Chen, JCH, Dias, B, Golparian, S and MacDonald, A ORCID: 0000-0003-4774-0244 2017 , 'A/r/tography Around the World', in G Barton and M Baguley (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Global Arts Education , Macmillan Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom, pp. 475-496.

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Abstract

In 2004, Alex de Cosson and I edited the first book dedicated to a/r/tographyi. Ayear prior, de Cosson completed the first PhD using a/r/tography as amethodology for his dissertation (2003). Now slightly more than a decade later,there are two books in English (Irwin & de Cosson, 2004; Springgay et. al.,2008), one in Portuguese (Dias & Irwin, 2013), one Chinese translated book inpress, one Turkish book being compiledii, one Japanese book being compilediii,countless articles and chapters in books (in various languages), untold numbersof performances, exhibitions, events and encounters, and an extraordinarynumber of people learning about a/r/tography around the worldiv. While deCosson and I published that first book, the inspiration and hard work ofa/r/tography did not begin with us nor is it limited to us. Countless works attestto this fact. A/r/tography existed before it was named yet in its naming andfurther theorizing, credibility has been acquired and nurtured in various culturalcontexts.Over and over again I have heard people talk about what a relief it was todiscover a/r/tography. They were practicing artists and educators searching fora form of inquiry that resonated with their ways of being and becoming in theworld, and most importantly, a credible form of academic research thatrecognized how their artistic practices could be understood as research.Coupled with appreciating their educational practices as research and inquiry,these arts educators began to conceptualize how to engage in practice basedresearch that used the arts and education as their basis for inquiry. A/r/tographyoffered them a form a practice based research that has been created,reimagined and critiqued making it a living form of inquiry that adapts to newdirections over time (Irwin, 2013). While many have used particularphilosophers to develop the ideas around a/r/tography (e.g. Deleuze, 1990;Deleuze & Guattari, 2004), many have also borrowed from other philosophers(e.g. Bourriaud, 2009; Levinas, 1995) as they extended, examined, critiqued,and recreated the methodology to meet the needs of their contexts, questions,substantive concerns, artistic intentions, and pedagogical interventions. It is aform of living inquiry that has been embraced by many and will likely go on to beembraced by many more. Most importantly, it is a form of inquiry that is differentfrom research that posits questions in order to discover what already exists.A/r/tography continually asks questions in an effort to engage with ongoingpractices in art and education in order to create knowledge rather than discoverit. In so doing, it is only resolved retrospectively as new understandings areshared upon reflection on practice (LeBlanc et. al., 2015). This shift in paradigmmay be immense for the broader field of research but in arts education, itaffords us opportunities to engage with creative and challenging ideas in andthrough time.affords us opportunities to engage with creative and challenging ideas in andthrough time.This article attempts to capture a glimpse of how a/r/tography has been takenup around the world. Six individuals representing six continents share theirexperiences as university professors teaching undergraduate and graduateclasses or supervising graduate students completing a/r/tographic dissertations,or as PhD graduates who used a/r/tography as the methodology in their thesesor dissertations. The goal of the article is two fold: a) to recognize the use ofa/r/tography within a network of global arts education; and b) to begin toappreciate how a/r/tography can be used to reinvigorate enduring questions aswell as new questions facing arts educators, no matter where they live in theworld today.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Irwin, RL and Pardinas, MJA and Barney, DT and Chen, JCH and Dias, B and Golparian, S and MacDonald, A
Keywords: a/r/tography, pedagogy, Arts-based research
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Ltd
DOI / ID Number: 10.1057/978-1-137-55585-4_29
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Copyright 2017 The Editors and The Authors

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