Footsteps and Corridors, adding new dimensions to Mad Studies: A creative multimedia approach to Madness in Australia

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The Ballarat Asylum remains relatively silent in the narrative and physical world when compared to other Australian asylums currently experiencing historical, fictional, architectural, and dark tourism fame. The Ballarat Asylum’s buildings were largely demolished in the 1990s, amplifying feelings of erasure and removing the possibility to physically reclaim it as a site of trauma. Historian Catharine Coleborne says, “that reactions to personal stories of institutional confinement can transform our present understandings of mental health and mental illness; we know that storytelling has been acknowledged as playing an important part in social change.” In Creative Practice Ethnographies, Larissa Hjorth, et al., demonstrate that creative practice is a research methodology, a conceptual lens, and a creative output. This presentation employs interdisciplinary, multimodal, and creative practice to explore, interpret and express lived experiences of the Ballarat Asylum using a Mad Studies lens. Kendrea uses historical research and creative practice as research methodologies to guide the development of her exegesis and creative artefact. Kendrea’s creative practice is an assemblage of storytelling modalities of immersive meaning making practices that reframe memory and encourage the slow development of interpretations via visual and digital art, archival interrogation, history, narrative, theory, and multimedia.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusIn preparation - 7 Dec 2023
EventCSAA Conference: Culture in Practice - UniSA, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20238 Dec 2023
Conference number: 31


ConferenceCSAA Conference
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  • Madness
  • Cultural perceptions
  • Ballarat Asylum
  • Mental health


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