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The Art of Collaborative Storytelling: A Discussion on Arts-based Representations of Narrative Contexts

By Kip Jones


The call has been sounded asking social scientists to develop designs of\ud enquiry and dissemination which rest on processes of art rather than science\ud and to represent the subjects of biographic research with the complexity we\ud associate with literature and works of art more generally (Clough, 2004;\ud Denzin and Lincoln, 1994, 2002; Hollway and Jefferson, 2000; Sandelowski,\ud 1991; Rorty, in Hiley et al., 1991). The emerging synthesis of the arts and\ud social sciences presents challenges to the methodological-philosophical\ud foundations of knowledge. At the very heart of this matter is knowledge\ud transfer. The need for innovation in dissemination of detailed descriptive\ud information has, until recently, been neglected in the social sciences. As\ud collage-makers, narrators of narrations, dream weavers - narrative researchers\ud are natural allies of the arts and humanities. Possibilities include, but are not\ud limited to, performance, film, video, audio, graphic arts, new media (CD ROM,\ud web-based production), poetry and so forth.\ud The format of my presentation at the Narrative & Memory Research Group\ud 5th Annual Conference at the University of Huddersfield (April 2005) was\ud performative, collaborative and conversational. Through the use of three audiovisual\ud PowerPoint presentations, an attempt was made to revisit the arts and\ud humanities in search of lenses through which the intricacies of social science\ud data might be represented. At the conference, I explored examples of\ud (re)presentation from my own biographic narrative work and discussed the\ud potential of use of various media (studio recording, audio/visuals, etc.); I then\ud shared several examples of visual/arts-based production through the three short\ud narrative sequences described below (audio/visual links available on my\ud website:

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Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2006
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