Experiencing scenarios through dramatized narratives

Jouko Myllyoja

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    The session presents experiences and conducts theoretical reflections on applying drama methods as part of a research project Dwellers in Agile Cities (DAC), project funded by the Academy of Finland 2016-2019. Drama methods were applied in several workshops and seminars with a methodological aim of exploring possibilities of drama methods as a way to create novel understanding and knowledge within foresight process. Here, we focus to reveal characteristics that relate to presenting scenarios in a form of dramatized narratives in particular. We define dramatized narrative as a theatrical scene that is being written, rehearsed and presented by theatre practitioners. Thematically, scene relies on the substances of a research project and aims to make research contents experiential for the spectators. Through the immersive impact that theatrical scene may be able to create, the scene establishes an emotionally biased, differentiated base for novel discussion to occur. All together four scenarios were created in DAC-project: City as sports field, -airport, -allotment garden, and - market square. Dramatized narratives were created to each of these to depict their reality. As a part of our presentation, we perform one of these to demonstrate the characteristics of the approach. Theoretically, paper constructs in particular on characteristics of experimental foresight (Bok & Ruve 2007; Candy 2010; Candy 2014; Candy & Dunagan 2017), practice as research (Barret & Bolt, 2010; Nelson 2013), and research-based theatre (Gray et al. 2001; Colantonio et al. 2008; Wager et al. 2009).
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2019
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    Event20th Futures conference: Constructing social futures sustainability, responsibility and power - Turku, Finland
    Duration: 12 Jun 201913 Jun 2019


    Conference20th Futures conference


    • experiential foresight
    • drama methods
    • narrative
    • immersive methods


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