Living through the Covid-19 global pandemic has changed the way that we experience our lives, the way that we relate to one-another, and the way that we engage with the world. Focusing contextually on the initial lockdowns of the pandemic in 2020, this book proposes that art-based research has a central, illuminative role to play in our understanding of unfolding crises.

The changes brought on by the global event may not be readily accessible or expressible through traditional academic research. Art-based research offers the opportunity to explore, document, and reflect on the emerging and often ineffable qualities of transformed lives by drawing on emotional, bodily, and interactive aspects of experience. Such an approach allows for meaning-making that makes room for reflexive, interpersonal, and dialogical engagement. The contributions aim to capture and explore lived experiences of the pandemic, as well as begin a discussion about how meaning-making is changing through and beyond the pandemic. This book further explores how the nature and practice of art-based research in itself has been challenged and transformed.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art education, art psychotherapy, consumer research, visual studies, cultural studies, and sociology.

chapter |20 pages


part I|75 pages


chapter 1|21 pages

Wandering with Wonder

From Social Practices to Artistic Practices and Back

chapter 2|20 pages

Drawing the Group

A Visual Exploration of a Therapeutic Space Online

chapter 3|16 pages

Collaging Covid Holidays

Using Collage as a Communal Method for Reflection and Research

chapter 4|16 pages

Performing Forgiveness in the Age of Covid-19

Creating a Hybrid Space for Dialogue and Peacebuilding

part II|74 pages


chapter 6|17 pages

Encounters of Nothingness

Dilemmas of the Uncanny Self

chapter 7|15 pages

Hollowed Out

Creative Coding and the Pandemic Urban Imaginary

chapter 8|23 pages

“Can You Hear Me Now?”

Listening and Living in Disruptive (Post)Pandemic Soundworlds

part III|67 pages


chapter 9|14 pages

Poetic Reflection (PR)

Voices in Pandemic Periods

chapter 10|16 pages

Faces of Self-Isolation

chapter 11|11 pages

Everyone's a Photographer

Reflections on Photography as Creative Expression through Lockdown

chapter 12|20 pages

“Public School Teachers, You All Completely Disgust Me!”

How My Fake Trump Fought the Revolt of the Elites in Pandemic-era Ann Arbor

chapter |4 pages