Title

A Knotty Problem: Arts Based Action Research in and out of a Community Garden

Presenter Information

Sam SmileyFollow

Location

3033

Format Type

Paper

Format Type

Paper

Start Date

13-1-2017 1:05 PM

End Date

13-1-2017 3:10 PM

Abstract

What happens when researcher/artists attempt to build a sculpture out of an invasive species (Japanese Knotweed) in a community garden in Provincetown, MA, U.S.? Using an arts based performative approach, media artist and researcher sam smiley worked with research collaborators Stephen Wells and Laura Kathrein during the Appearances Environmental Arts Festival in May of 2016. This article is a debrief of the journey of a Knotweed Sculpture from the B-Street community garden, to the side of the highway, and its ultimate destruction in a bonfire on National Seashore, in a public event called Smouldering Thing. The article is primarily methodological from an arts based research perspective, but draws theoretically on the STS fields of the public understanding of science, as well as media and science studies.

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A Knotty Problem: Arts Based Action Research in and out of a Community Garden

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What happens when researcher/artists attempt to build a sculpture out of an invasive species (Japanese Knotweed) in a community garden in Provincetown, MA, U.S.? Using an arts based performative approach, media artist and researcher sam smiley worked with research collaborators Stephen Wells and Laura Kathrein during the Appearances Environmental Arts Festival in May of 2016. This article is a debrief of the journey of a Knotweed Sculpture from the B-Street community garden, to the side of the highway, and its ultimate destruction in a bonfire on National Seashore, in a public event called Smouldering Thing. The article is primarily methodological from an arts based research perspective, but draws theoretically on the STS fields of the public understanding of science, as well as media and science studies.