Art, Becoming, & Resistance: Exploring Creative Responses in Practice

Rebecca Corcoran

It is our work as educational researchers and practitioners, and especially as community members to envision alternative theories of change, especially those that rely on desire and complexity rather than damage. (Tuck, 2010, p. 422)

     This presentation briefly contextualizes art and creativity as a form of resistance and response to both subtle and overt forms of oppression. Through the lens of Response-Based Practice and informed by ideas central to the works of Deleuze and Guattari (1987), Tuck (2010), Skott Myhre (2008) and Foucault (1982) we will explore creative ways in which people preserve their dignity and culture in response to adversity.

     Practical samples from therapeutic groups and arts' based academic inquiry (Corcoran 2012, Irwin & de Cosson 2004 ) will map themes of discreet resistance, response-based practice, and vernacular art as forms of embodied response. Examples will explore how children, youth and families navigate child welfare systems and negotiate complex power relations. We will delve into how creative modes of becoming can honour the local knowledge existing outside of dominant normative constructions of truth and investigate how these fresh ideas can instead help to shape our practices and interventions.