Through poetic glimpses of an ongoing participatory art process, Tree Memory Gathering, this essay considers the special issue theme by questioning, “How might the concept of ‘social warming’ invite new possibilities for creative-relational inquiry?” Responses unfold through three variations of social warming inspired by socially engaged art and ecopoetry. These variations—gathering, participatory bookmaking, and perforating—unsettle residual boundaries between tree bodies and human bodies, generating ecological wisdom for living and inquiring differently in the world. Perforating is theorized as an alternative to research findings in post-qualitative approaches to inquiry.
Follow the Plants: Variations on Social Warming as Creative-Relational Inquiry
Brooke Anne Hofsess is Associate Professor of Art Education at Appalachian State University. Correspondence to: Brooke Anne Hofsess, Department of Art, Appalachian State University, 232 Herbert Wey Hall, ASU Box 32020, Boone, NC 28608, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Brooke Anne Hofsess; Follow the Plants: Variations on Social Warming as Creative-Relational Inquiry. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 May 2020; 9 (2): 85–91. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.2.85
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