“On whose side are you?”: Artist-researcher positionality in a global public health challenge (2019)

Kaisu Koski

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This exposition discusses risks that emerge from the artistic researcher’s fluid position within artistic research. The research entails the artistic researcher interviewing vaccine-critical parents and a vaccine scientist about their opposing standpoints toward immunization and vaccination, while remaining ambivalent and sympathetic toward both views. The exposition uses concepts such as positionality, insider-outsider, and sameness to unpack the various risks arising from the stimulation and staging of conflicting voices about vaccines. These risks include upset participants due to unmet expectations raised partially by the artistic researcher’s understanding attitude, and the pervasiveness of the “voice” of the documentary film being created throughout the artist-researcher’s interactions with the participants.

Denna exposition diskuterar risker som uppkommer ur den konstnärlige forskarens flytande position inom konstnärlig forskning. Projektet inbegriper den konstnärlige forskarens intervjuer med vaccin-kritiska föräldrar och en vaccinforskare om deras motsatta ställningstaganden vad det gäller immunisering och vaccin, med en ambivalent och sympatiserande hållning till båda åsikterna. Med avsikt att frigöra de olika risker som uppstår ur stimulerandet och iscensättandet av motstridiga röster om vaccin använder sig expositionen av begrepp såsom positionalitet, inom-utomstående, och likhet. Dessa risker inkluderar upprörda deltagare på grund av oinfriade förväntningar som delvis uppstått genom den konstnärlige forskarens förstående attityd, samt den dokumentära ”filmröstens” genomslagskraft, som skapats genom den konstnärliga forskarens interaktion med deltagarna.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsrisk, power, trust, insider-outsider, positionality, vaccine hesitancy, science, artist-researcher
last modified24/01/2019
affiliationCenter for Practice as Research in Theatre, Tampere University
published inVIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research
portal issue1. VIS Issue 1

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