In this “researcher's prologue,” I story my experiences performing as and about a lighthouse, sharing how this experience served as a catalyst for a new research trajectory. Narrating my writing, rehearsal, and performance as processes of inquiry, I share how this work generated critical questions about lighthouses as technologies, the dynamics of technoscientific care, and performative storytelling as a potential local communicative strategy. I draw upon performance studies’ theorizations of listening, writing, rehearsing, and performing, to present, by way of example, a methodological strategy for attending to the liminal research time between inspiration and systematic research study.

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