International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 15 Number 17

October 10, 2014

Narrative Form and Yam Lau's Room: The Encounter in Arts Based Research

Adrienne Boulton-Funke
Missouri State University, USA

Citation: Boulton-Funke, A. (2014). Narrative form and Yam Lau's Room: The encounter in arts based research International Journal of Education & the Arts, 15(Number 17). Retrieved [date] from
In this paper, I consider "the encounter" (O'Sullivan, 2006) and conceptualizations of subjectivity and identity proposed by post qualitative scholars (Jackson & Mazzei, 2012; Lather & St. Pierre, 2013; Lenz Taguchi, 2012; MacLure, 2013; St. Pierre, 2010) and contemporary art theory (O'Sullivan, 2006; 2012) to attend to the potentialities for visual arts-based research to provoke rather than represent thought. Traditional narrative inquiry is critiqued as affirming representational thought while the methodological implications of duration will be explored as a psychical site for new thought creation. I draw on my encounter with Canadian artist, Yam Lau's film/CG animation, Room (2004) and the works of Deleuze and Guattari to critique the narrative form and persistent humanist notions of subjectivity in qualitative research. I argue for the potentiality of the encounter in creating conditions for an affective disruption to perceptions and suggest future implications for arts-based educational research and pedagogy with secondary teacher candidates.

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