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ERIC Number: EJ799166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Situations for Living: Performing Emplacement
Myers, Misha
Research in Drama Education, v13 n2 p171-180 Jun 2008
This essay enquires how certain performative mechanisms deployed in the practice-as-research project "Homing Place" might be conceived as "homing devices", mechanisms that create relational and dialogic interspaces of orientation, dwelling, and emplacement and methods of bodily attunement to places. How might they be a "homing place" or "homing places"--describing both a place of inhabitation that exists in and through movement and a method of action, a way of finding, making and inhabiting that place? In "Homing Place", a set of contextually based and participant-led experiments involved inhabitants of Plymouth, UK, who are asylum seekers and refugees, in spatial, relational and dialogic art processes of wayfinding, mapping and walking. This essay considers the underlying conceptual concerns of this project--how do those performative mechanisms employed create place or are place-making, and how is emplacement performed? Key conceptual tools for this discussion are Tim Ingold's conceptions of wayfaring and "inhabitant knowledge" and Edward Casey's conceptions of dwelling and inhabitation. (Contains 3 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom