The Hero’s Journey: An art-based method in social design

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The Hero’s Journey is an embodied game activity based on the monomyth of Joseph Campbell (1949). This participatory art-based activity served as a research instrument in a development context in southern Africa with marginalised San youth. One of the outcomes of employing this art-based activity in research was the development of the GRACE model which encompasses grass-root participation, art, creativity, embodiment, expression and empowerment. This paper asks how participatory and art-based methods enable the dialogical and solution orientated GRACE model to function in development work within marginalised communities. The paper discusses how improvisation facilitates power distribution when participatory art-based methods are applied. Improvisation permits continuous negotiation processes with stakeholders, thus enabling communities to participate in development activities in power sensitive settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-149
JournalSynnyt : taidekasvatuksen tiedonala
Issue number3/2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Dec 2018
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventThe Art of Research: Catalyses, Interventions, Transformations - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 29 Nov 201730 Nov 2017
Conference number: VI

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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