Morgan Sinton-Hewitt

Abstract

Abstract

Responding to Braidotti’s (2011) call for a bodily materialism, this study asks what is the nature-culture of our relationships, of intra-action (Barad, 2007), our being in the world? Situating the (mind)body as a specific local constellation (part of the world), self-other re-configurations complicate the location of self as spatially fixed, enclosed, or as a finished product, with ultimate or hierarchical sovereignty over non-human others (Barad, 2007). Here, eight participants (seven female, onle male) consented to co-research the phenomenon of ‘self-other through everyday objects’ (Berihun et al., 2014). This exploration embeds Discourse Analysis (Edwards & Potter, 1992) within Arts-practice (an embodied process of flux and flow which captures the experience of continual movement and becoming through material-others (Yusoff, Grosz, Clark, Saldanha & Nash 2012) forming an art-science Hybrid methodology and analysis within the context of Psychology (Barad, 2007; Allegranti, 2013; Rautio 2013). Dancing with the data grounds an embodied systematic, feminist and diffractive approach to noticing how intra-action(s) matter (Deleuze 1968/2004; Haraway, 1992; Barad, 2007; Woodyer, 2008; Lenz-Taguchi, 2012; Allegranti, 2013). This illuminated entanglements, evidencing how inherent possibilities for embodied knowing arise through direct engagement with the world (Makiguchi, 1923; Rautio, 2014). Intra-action, a co-mingling of ‘self-otherness’ co-constitutive at the level of the individual, socio-cultural and the land, provides the material ground for the stewardship of memory (Haraway, 1992; Barad, 2007; Allegranti & Wyatt, 2014).  Critical, Embodied, Multi-media Psychological research practice is uniquely positioned to elucidate and enrich possibilities of non-excluding approaches across Educational, Social-care and Political contexts (Allegranti, 2011).