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Children and Cultural Capital in the Americas
A class of child artists in Mexico, a ship full of child refugees from Spain, classrooms of child pageant actors, and a pair of boy ambassadors revealed facets of hemispheric politics in the Good Neighbor era. Culture-makers in the Americas tuned into to children as producers of cultural capital to advance their transnational projects. In many instances, prevailing conceptions of children as innocent, primitive, dependent, and underdeveloped informed perceptions of Latin America as an infantilized region, a lesser "Other Americas" on the continent. In other cases, children's interventions in the cultural politics, economic projects, and diplomatic endeavors of the interwar period revealed that Latin American children saw themselves as modern, professional, participants in forging inter-American relationships.
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There is a lack of control that exists when managing a chronic illness, just as there is a lack of autonomy when one finds themselves living within the confines of a correctional facility. How does one address these two precarious circumstances when they collide? Research has revealed that incarcerated populations have a higher rate of infectious disease and chronic health issues than their non-incarcerated counterparts.

How is this reality translated in a way that others might understand? As an avenue to gain a new perspective, this book provides a glimpse into the world of incarceration and health care management, using art to translate this experience.

Activist art is effective and powerful for both the audience and the creator. By revealing the reality of living with a chronic illness and how social determinants of health significantly impact one’s status and start in life, art holds the power to shift perspectives and deepen understandings not only of health care and incarceration but also to agitate for societal changes.
This book is for all those who are on a search for inspiration in their life. If one is dwelling in fear, they may choose not to take this new path. When confronted with the unknown, fear can discourage a chance to seek and find courage, truth, and faith, hidden within.

Let us take you on a journey to the islands. Step into our currach weaving through the waves. You will find comfort when one of the islands becomes visible through the mist. You will be introduced to our friends as we step off on the islands to explore a wonder of mystery awaiting our curious hearts and minds. We will be delighted with new aesthetic experiences, growing closer in wisdom of the divine imagination.

Let us weave the threads from life’s memories into a tapestry of ideas and possibilities. Breathe in and out each memory that surfaces from the deep shadowed regions of your mind, heart, and soul. Feel the toss of your life’s waves, as unexplained storms are remembered, always knowing that an island of hope will appear on your soul’s horizon.
Conceptualized as a tool to expand creativity, questioning, and experimentation in arts research, Disruption and Convergences: Generating New Conversations through Arts Research offers timely narratives, musings, and descriptions of experimental and scholarly practice that ignite new creative considerations for graduate students and aspiring arts research practitioners.

The book features a collection of practice-based research projects for which the experiential unfolding leads to unexpected outcomes. In its openness and generativity, this mode of questioning removes the need for conclusive findings. Prominent threads that emerged from the collection encompass collaboration and interconnectedness, disputed and shared spaces, and transformation through storytelling. Contributors to the book address ways of knowing that complicate familiar categories, learning with and listening to the fragile, the provisional, and heralding unthought futurity.

Disruption and Convergences offers a scholarly and artistic exchange through dialogues between contributors and invites artful and multisensorial expressions, imaginative experimentations, poetic and critical propositions that carry the voices of creators at different stages in their research careers. This form of publication is itself an international symposium of sorts, and therefore an opportunity for readers to engage in wide-ranging approaches to making, writing, and arts thinking.

Contributors are: Cathy Adams, Jelena Aleksic, Carolina Bergonzoni, Rébecca Bourgault, Rachel Epp Buller, Aurora Del Rio, Christine D’Onofrio, Hannah L. Drake, Emese Hall, Damali Ibrek, Rabeya Jalil, Estée Klar, Linda E. Kourkoulis, David LeRue, Stephanie Loveless, Katri Naukkarinen, Yolanda M. Manora, Rachel Payne, Patti Pente, Nicole Rallis, Roni Raviv, Catherine M. Roach, Catherine Rosamond, Myrtle Sodhi and Alice Wexler.
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In this research we theorize the significance of critical posthuman collaboration with AI through exploration involving image creation. Considering the nature of arts-based research alongside artificial intelligence, we theorize the notion of creative collaboration in the context of human-machine learning. We frame AI image production through a critical posthuman lens to disrupt established humanist notions that AI is just a tool. Shifting perspectives to a critical posthuman co-laborative effort, shared agency becomes prominent. The focus of this research is to engage with AI to examine the problem of bias in machine learning datasets. We prompt OpenAI’s Dall-E 2 system to create images that critique biases in its own dataset. The results include glitches in the process, leading us into unexpected insights into our biases as arts-based researchers.

In: Disruption and Convergence

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The chapter “Atomic Kinship: Re-Enchanting Radioactivity” explores the possibility of contemplating an affective understanding of radioactivity through artistic research. Theories of re-enchantment are considered to seek the experience of an ‘affective awareness’ of radioactive contamination.

Departing from the abandoned idea of a cult of radioactivity, which is looked at in relation to the construction of the first repository for the storage of nuclear waste in Finland, the Atomic Kinship project aims to reimagine a deity of radioactivity, proposing a less human- and male-centric approach to the discourse of radioactive inheritance than the previous idea.

The artwork Decay Cyphers was realized as an attempt to decode hidden messages from the radioactive ashes of burned alimentary products gathered from areas affected by the Chernobyl fallout in Finland. The artwork aims at acknowledging radioactive agency through the possibility of decoding a message from radioactivity.

Through a quest for a deity of radioactivity, the chapter looks at theories of re-enchantment to consider what is excluded from a secular conception of reality when addressing modern technologies in general and radioactive inheritance in specific. Embracing both the physical and the metaphysical, the energetic and material aspects of agency, a deity thus imagined may ultimately question the distinctions between the mythic and the rational and seek to generate forms of solidarity with humans and nonhumans alike.

What if, through an affective response generated by the successful or imagined discovery of a message, the realm of the possible could be expanded to acknowledge the material agency of radioactivity as a conscious being or even a deity?

In: Disruption and Convergence
In: Disruption and Convergence

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This chapter relates how the study, “Container of the uncontainable: In dialogue with women about pregnancy in the 21st century” began, and the various paths of inquiry pursued during the course of this artistic research process. Through interviews with women from different cultural and religious backgrounds, I investigated how the effects of patriarchy influence the way women envision and experience being pregnant, using the concept of a vessel or container as metaphor for a woman’s body. The discussion includes descriptions of tacit experiences and deconstruction of unconscious biases, along with ways in which new insights gained through arts research can disrupt established assumptions.

In: Disruption and Convergence
In: Disruption and Convergence
In: Disruption and Convergence