Informed by discourses of cross-pollination between art and social science, this colloquium will discuss the role of “play” as a tactic for social change within reflexive and performative social science methods and socially engaged art processes.
Positioning playful enquiry as both a method and meeting place between the disciplines, the event will seek to address the following questions through the presentation of case studies and open discussion:
- In what way do the essential characteristics of one discipline offer possibilities for “play” within the other?
- How is research through performance, fiction, collaboration and conversation employed by each discipline and what are the individual motivations for this?
- At what point does playful enquiry meet “hard edged” research, and what are the academic implications?
- In what way is “play” a politicised method, and how can members of each profession use it to antagonise the frameworks in which they operate?