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Publisher Comments:

The new practice of art-based research uses art making as a primary mode of enquiry rather than continuing to borrow research methodologies from other disciplines to study artistic processes. Drawing on contributions from arts therapies, education, history, organizational studies, and philosophy, the essays critically examine unique challenges that include the personal and sometimes intimate nature of artistic enquiry and the complexities of the partnership with social science which has dominated applied arts research; how artistic discoveries are apt to emerge spontaneously, even contrary to plans and what we think we know; how truth can be examined through both fact and fiction as well as the interplay of objective and subjective experience; and ways of generating artistic evidence and communicating outcomes. Offering examples from all of the arts this volume will be welcomed by researchers and students in many fields.

Synopsis:

"Whenever illness is associated with loss of soul," writes Shaun McNiff, "the arts emerge spontaneously as remedies, soul medicine." The medicine of the artist, like that of the shaman, arises from his or her relationship to "familiars"—the themes, methods, and materials that interact with the artist through the creative process. Art As Medicine demonstrates how the imagination heals and renews itself through this natural process. The author describes his pioneering methods of art therapy—including interpretation through performance and storytelling, creative collaboration, and dialoguing with images—and the ways in which they can revitalize both psychotherapy and art itself.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-230) and index.

About the Author

Shaun McNiff is internationally recognized as a founder and leading figure in the arts and healing field. University Professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he is past president of the American Art Therapy Association and the author of several other books including Art As Medicine, Trust the Process, and Creating with Others .

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Ross W. Prior

Preface, by Shaun McNiff

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Part I

Introduction to Part I

Opportunities and challenges in art-based research, by Shaun McNiff

Art as enquiry: Towards a research method that holds soul truth, by Pat B. Allen

Art-based enquiry: It is what we do!, by Mitchell Kossak

Mentoring and other challenges in art-based enquiry: You will figure it out, by Bruce L. Moon

Art-based research as a pedagogical approach to studying intersubjectivity in the creative arts therapies, by Nancy Gerber, Elizabeth Templeton, Gioia Chilton, Marcia Cohen Liebman, Elizabeth Manders and Minjung Shim

Performance as art-based research in drama therapy supervision, by Robert Landy, Marian Hodermarska, Dave Mowers and David Perrin

Where are the five chapters?: Challenges and opportunities in mentoring students with art-based dissertations, by Sally Atkins

The risks of representation: Dilemmas and opportunities in art-based research, by Jean Rumbold, Patricia Fenner and Janine Brophy-Dixon

Improvisation and art-based research, by Nisha Sajnani

Know thyself: Awakening self-referential awareness through art-based research, by Michael A. Franklin

The feeling of what happens: A reciprocal investigation of inductive and deductive processes in an art experiment, by Malcolm Learmonth and Karen Huckvale

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Part II

Introduction to Part II

A critical focus on art-based research, by Shaun McNiff

Frames of enquiry: Perplexity, self-integration, pregnant images, by Robert E. Innis

Expecting the unexpected: Improvisation in art-based research, by Stephen K. Levine

On creative writing and historical understanding, by Kelsey McNiff

On the seam: Fiction as truth and#150; what can art do?

A more complete knowing: The subjective objective partnership

Knowing what is known: Accessing craft-based meanings in research by artists, by Ross W. Prior

Art-based research for engaging not-knowing in organizations, by Ariane Berthoin Antal

Art as a mother tongue: Staying true to an innate language of knowing, by Tamar Einstein and Michele Forinash

Shall I hide an art-based study within a recognized qualitative framework? Negotiating the spaces between research traditions at a research university, by Tawnya D. Smith

Trusting the felt sense in art-based research, by Laury Rappaport

Painting research: Challenges and opportunities of intimacy and depth, by Barbara J. Fish

Capturing the transient, by Corinna Brown

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Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780877736585
Author:
McNiff, Shaun
Publisher:
Shambhala
Author:
McNiff, Shaun
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Creativity
Subject:
Psychotherapy
Subject:
Creation
Subject:
Creative Ability
Subject:
Creation (literary, artistic, etc.)
Subject:
Allied Health Services - Occupational Therapy
Subject:
Art therapy
Subject:
Imagery
Subject:
Psychotherapy - General
Subject:
Imagery (Psychology) -- Therapeutic use.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Professional Medical Reference
Subject:
General Art
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
1709
Publication Date:
19921031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Whenever illness is associated with loss of soul," writes Shaun McNiff, "the arts emerge spontaneously as remedies, soul medicine." The medicine of the artist, like that of the shaman, arises from his or her relationship to "familiars"—the themes, methods, and materials that interact with the artist through the creative process. Art As Medicine demonstrates how the imagination heals and renews itself through this natural process. The author describes his pioneering methods of art therapy—including interpretation through performance and storytelling, creative collaboration, and dialoguing with images—and the ways in which they can revitalize both psychotherapy and art itself.
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