The Arts in Society Journal Collection offers an annual International Award for Excellence for new research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of The Arts in Society Research Network.
“Strong Houses, Strong Voices” is an arts-based research project which uses co-created first-person video narratives to present the lived experiences of a group of South African post-natural builders currently constructing houses in informal settlements. Post-natural builders use a combination of traditional and repurposed building materials to create low-cost, environmentally appropriate houses and community-based structures. The methodology draws from the digital storytelling (DST) methodology pioneered by the Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS). This article examines two video narrative methods which were adapted from DST methodology to support inclusion of low-literacy research participants in narrative-based research contexts. The study extends arts-based research approaches into the realm of data and interpretation and responds to place-based and literacy challenges faced in working with a DST methodology.
Christine is the Principal of Visionary Thinking, with over 20 years of experience in intercultural facilitation and community engagement. Visionary Thinking is a multidisciplinary consultancy that uses visual communication and strategic thinking to raise individual and collective capacities, empower community members to take collective action on issues that are important to them, and positively affect communities’ positions within the context of larger social institutions.
Before setting up her own consultancy, Christine completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree through the faculty of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology. Christine’s multidisciplinary research focused on developing a model for co-creative community engagement through sharing the stories of the research participants. The research participants were a group of highly marginalised South Africans who engage in a building practice that uses repurposed waste materials, integrated within traditional mudbrick building techniques, to provide inexpensive, climate-appropriate, shack-replacement shelter. The research outputs have been adopted by the participants, and the grassroots organisation that supports them, to present an alternative model for human-centric, climate-resilient housing that is strongly connected to southern African cultural identities.
Christine has also worked extensively with First Nations Australians as the founding CEO of the Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of WA (AACHWA), and in Native Title, land management, and economic development with the National Native Title Tribunal and the Central Land Council.
Shauna Doll and Tarah Wright, The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp. 13–29
Kristin Vanderlip Taylor and Lynette Henderson, The International Journal of Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp. 11–22
Courtney Davis, The International Journal of Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp. 25–30
Sally Cloke, The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp. 1–18
Joseph Basile, The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.11–30
Dawn-joy Leong, The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.29–39
Cherie Redwood, The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.221–234
Annette Blum, The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.13–32
Marque-Luisa Miringoff and Sandra Opdycke, The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.141–168