Thank you for doing a bit of performance with me and/or contributing to my practice-as-research project. I realise that it may not have resembled any performance you have experienced before, but I have to call it something..!
I was awarded my PhD in November 2018 – I’m now officially a Doctor of Ludicrousness! Thank you to all my fabulous participants who made the whole thing possible 😀 You can download the written component of my PhD thesis here.
This information is to tell you more about the nature and purpose of the PhD – and my ongoing practice – and explain your involvement in it. The information is structured around questions you may have. If you have already participated, I hope that you enjoyed your experience and will enjoy being a part of the project. If you haven’t yet joined in, I hope you’ll give it a go!
What was the research about?
I explored the potential for playful outdoor performances that move from place to place to allow people to experience and interact with those places differently. I found that interacting with your environments playfully, through performance, can enable you to rediscover those environments and thereby develop your creative potential. I also found that working playfulness into your daily life gives rise to a sense of wellbeing.
Why are you doing it?
The research was part of my PhD in Performance at the University of Kent.
What is my involvement?
I needed to know how people responded to the performances so I asked participants to fill in a short feedback questionnaire by following these links:
The feedback results were very important for my analysis and development of the projects, so thank you to all who took the time to fill them in. As I continue to develop my practice following becoming a Dr(!), I need people’s feedback on my new pieces of work:
If you saw me out and about then, chances are, I probably had a GoPro camera on at some point. I will continue to edit the footage and upload it when I can – keep checking to see if your chops are up there! This footage is important as it allows me to keep a record of what we got up to and to develop the practice further. I have also presented my findings to small research audiences, and it was seen by my examiners. You can see much of it by clicking on the Perplexpedition and Spinstallation tabs in the top right corner, so you can experience the performance again from a different perspective, show family and friends the kinds of things you got up to, and maybe see yourself on camera!
If you do not consent to your image being included in the video(s), please let me know by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
How will my data be stored?
All data (including footage) will be stored under password protection on my personal digital devices and backed up on a dedicated external hard drive kept in my personal possession. It will not be transferred unless absolutely necessary and only I will have access to it.
Any feedback you give that is used in the research results will be anonymised so that you cannot be identified. (Any footage used cannot be completely anonymised).
Any data (including footage) that was not used in the research results and documentation has been deleted.
How can I keep informed about the project?
If you would like information about future performances and projects, please send an email with “Mailing List” in the subject header to email@example.com and I will add you to the list.
Keep checking the website for updates, posts, and info on all things Ludicrous!
To download the written component of my PhD thesis, click here.
If you have a question about this specific research, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
N.B.: This project was been approved by the University of Kent Humanities Research Ethics Advisory Group and I possess an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (i.e. a DBS background check, formerly known as a CRB).