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Collective Imagining: Collaborative Story Telling through Image Theater

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Collective Imagining: Collaborative Story Telling through Image Theater

Linds, Warren and Vettraino, Elinor (2008) Collective Imagining: Collaborative Story Telling through Image Theater. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9 (2). ISSN 1438-5627

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Abstract

This article is a dialogue between two practitioners of Image theater—a technique which involves using the body to share stories. Working in Quebec and Scotland, we discuss the potential ways such a form of performative inquiry (FELS, 1998) can, through an online medium, be documented and disseminated in ways that are coherent with, and build on, the principles of interactive theater. Our hope is that such an exploration will enable the participants in the work, ourselves, and our readers as performative social science researchers, so that we may engage as spect-actors (BOAL, 1979) with the material and build communities of practice through reflection on action (praxis). A key aspect we consider is ways in which physical dialogue through the body evolves—first as a method of enacting the world, where collective meaning emerges and secondly, as a concept that uses symbolic/metaphoric aesthetic language through what one colleague calls "body-storming" (like "brain-storming," but with the emotional and sensory body as a source and language of expression).

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Linds, Warren and Vettraino, Elinor
Journal or Publication:Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research
Date:May 2008
ID Code:975042
Deposited By: WARREN LINDS
Deposited On:20 Dec 2012 17:08
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:39
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