Wild Margins playing at work and life

PhD written by Chris Seeley



Through looking at my own and others’ practices in the (mainly) visual arts and (particularly) in improvisational clowning, I propose an epistemology of presentational knowing and map a possible territory for a more committed marriage of presentational knowing with action research. From these foundations, I inquire into the lived realities and dynamics of evolving my professional practice as a facilitator and educator towards this more committed marriage. The contexts for my research are learning with underprivileged “lowers” (in international development settings) and learning with relatively overprivileged “uppers”(in Westernised educational establishments). Finally, I identify key themes which I believe enable and allow action research to become more “arty” and art to become more “action researchy” in service of the pressing issues of sustainability.