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Story-making between the cracks. Crafting Stories as an academic escapology and reinvention of staff creative identities

Antonopoulou, Alexandra (2022) Story-making between the cracks. Crafting Stories as an academic escapology and reinvention of staff creative identities. In: Folk Narrative and the Visual Arts: Fashion, Design, Materials and Media, 20-23 July 2022, LCF University of the Arts London.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Antonopoulou, Alexandra

This paper explores how the process of crafting fictional stories in ‘crack’ like liminal spaces allows for the development of personal and professional identities. By analysing several case studies where the author found herself secretly being suspended in the making of stories while working at the University, she proposes alternatives to systems that weigh heavy on staff professional lives and deter them from nourishing their creative selves. In this context the paper examines how processes of writing and materialising stories as well as reconstructing folk archetypes may act as ‘escapology’ methods that allow for the reinvention of
creative identities.

The case studies, amongst others, include stories that the author has co-created with Professor Jack Zipes (2019-2022) and the creation of a collaborative performance-ritual
called ‘Sirens’ (2021); the author has co-created ‘Sirens’ in collaboration with several academics around the world. Revealing the uncanny stories of making behind the scenes
shifts the focus from the story’s final form to the process of its creation; in particular, the ways that reconstructing narrative structures, being in conversation with found objects, and surrendering to the flow of making, can be part of a ‘hauntology’ process that overlays past histories with the formation of personal narratives.

While such covert story-making spaces often ‘crack’ and oppose institutional processes the paper discusses the paradox that they often gain value when being discovered by the institution. In this sense, they remind us of what Winnicott (1971) mentioned about children’s hide and seek, ‘it is a joy to be hidden but a disaster not to be found’.

Official Website: https://www.arts.ac.uk/colleges/london-college-of-fashion/stories/call-for-papers-interim-conference-of-the-international-society-for-folk-narrative-research-2022
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 21 July 2022
Related Websites: https://www.arts.ac.uk/colleges/london-college-of-fashion/stories/lcf-research-conference-folk-narrative-and-the-visual-arts-fashion,-design,-materials-and-media,-july-2022
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Event Location: LCF University of the Arts London
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2022 17:28
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 17:28
Item ID: 19206
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/19206

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