Public Performances and Art-Based Interventions in Liminal Academic Spaces

Mirka Koro, Teija Löytönen, Joshua Cruz

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In this research, we brought together various theories and speculative conceptual connections of otherness associated with liminality especially as seen through one methodological experiment and art-based intervention, namely flash mobs. From our perspective, liminality and liminal spaces are incomplete and always becoming since often they cannot be documented or described through existing language and normative concepts. Moving away from normativity and speaking back from liminal spaces carry risks since complex and intersubjective liminal spaces challenge the authority of the researcher, knowing, and doing in Academia. In this work, we use examples from our flash mob events to bridge theorizing and public performances, actual limit experiences, and twisted forms of (normative) scholarship. We ask what is being produced through art-based interventions, resistance, liminality, and twisted scholarship in the context of inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1077800420939866
Pages (from-to)1060-1070
Number of pages11
Issue number8-9
Early online date5 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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