Multiple Ways to Accessibility and Participation (MultiWAP): Art Performances and Encounters in Care Institutions
The role of the arts in improving health and well-being has been a recurrent research topic both in Europe and in the United States (US). The analysis has centred on individuals, ignoring many of the contextual factors shaping the encounters between art and care. It is easily dismissed that endeavours to increase well-being via art occur in a situation in which both art and care institutions and professions are in transition due to the current societal situation (e.g. economic crisis, neoliberal values, new technologies). The MultiWAP project will study encounters between “culture and care institutions” as real social actions taking place in situations where the arts, in some form, are integrated into care institutions.
We focus on participative and non-participative art events that take place in both the public and private sectors. The project answers the need for detailed knowledge about what actually happens when art performances and care contexts intersect.
The overall aim is to study the organisation and reorganisation of art and care institutions, and to gain a generalizable understanding of the issues of well-being and participation, and especially of the role that new digital technologies play in these processes. The aim of the MultiWAP project will be attained through three inter-related research objectives. The first objective is to observe and analyse the encounters between art and culture institutions as concrete, embodied and emplaced interactions that are part of various social and societal practices. The second objective is to study how historical trajectories of individuals, professions, material settings and technologies work and are reworked in art and care encounters. The second objective will be accomplished in collaboration with researchers from the University of Aalborg and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. The third objective of the project is to map which kinds of participation and accessible culture discourses emerge in encounters between art and care. The third objective will be accomplished in collaboration with researchers from the University of Aalborg and the Auckland University of Technology.
The research material will be gathered from three different art forms in three different institutions: live remote concerts at a service centre, a social circus in a prison and everyday art forms in a care home for the elderly. Our research material consists of data obtained from ethnographic fieldwork, participatory observations, individual and group interviews and video recordings. We examine these materials using nexus analysis, multimodal interaction analysis, discourse analysis and narrative analysis.
Hankkeen johtaja: professori Tarja Rautiainen-Keskustalo
Tutkijat: YTT, yliopistonlehtori Sanna Raudaskoski, YTT Tiina Tiilikka ja FM Marjukka Colliander