MoVE, Participation, and Partnerships

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In the introduction of the Handbook of Arts-Based Research Patricia Leavy (2017) lists various properties of arts-based research. One of these properties is that arts-based research methods are open to participation. Arts-based research methods, and the projects they occur within, require participation. The focus on project participation, however, is usually the workshop participants. It is their stories […]

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Paintings and Sculpture

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For the last few years I have been working with an idea that while paintings can relay a subject matter through an image, they are also bodies that have an influence on the bodies around them. In this sense I have been influenced by Deleuze-Guattarian ideas around materiality and its relationship to bodies. Deleuze and […]

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Notes on Stitching our [HIV] Stories: Activist Quilts

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The project titled Stitching our [HIV] Stories: Activist Quilts by Sisonke Sex Workers is an arts-based project which was conducted in 2016 in a collaboration between The MoVE Project at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), and the Sisonke Sex Worker Movement. The participants in this project created a series of mixed media […]

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MoVE Projects and the public/private distinction

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In this post I make some initial notes of a mechanism employed in various MoVE projects: namely, the interfacing of the social constructs of the public and the private.     How the public/private distinction was used in past projects The first MoVE project I was involved in was titled Volume 44 and a key […]

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A note about painting

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The painting process could be described as thinking and sensing through the handling of materials in contexts. The painting process, the materials used, the compositions that form, and the combinations of paintings I make, offer chances to think about and sense aspects of the world. Although paintings affect the body, their making can be influenced by a wide, unwieldly […]

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Interruption and invention

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We have a limited ability to sense or know the total variation of the complex processes between the bodies and forces that comprise the world. There is a certain opaqueness in the way we sense the variation which occurs in these assemblages. It is an unknowability of a whole assemblage that is created through the local […]

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Sketching an experience of place

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Movement and its limitation within an environment is a visual-spatial presentation which responds to the vibrancy of partaking in an assemblage, and to the ambivalence of living in a borderland. The sketching process employed in the making of the artworks occurs through an interface between painting, sculpting and printing. It entails a movement between the painterly […]

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Artistic production and place making

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Aspects of my methodological position are informed by ideas within the discourse which arises in the conjunction of art and research. There is currently much theorisation relating to art making, thinking processes, affect, and how artists work with concepts and create positions in intuitive, non-linear, and rigorous ways. I am particularly influenced by concepts associated […]

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A Productive Tension in the Messages from Nelspruit, and from Makhado

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In March of 2017 Elsa Oliveira and I facilitated the first workshop in a new project with participants who were involved with some of our past workshops. This new project is called the Sex Worker Poster Project, and it is a MoVE Project (MoVE) in partnership with Sisonke. Elsa and I were assisted in the […]

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A day to day account of a participatory arts-based workshop

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This blog entry offers a facilitator’s glance into the day to day activities that comprise a participatory arts-based workshop conducted in partnership with a grassroots activist organisation. I start the entry with a narrative account of the day to day activities of a recent workshop, and I end with a short reflection on the practice […]

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