Non-Representational Theory and the Creative Arts

We had the pleasure and honour of welcoming Candice Boyd for two weeks. She is an artist-geographer with a background in clinical and community psychology. She is also Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow in the School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia. Her main research interests involve creative methods, cultures of sense and movement, therapeutic spaces, experiences of rurality, and contemporary museum geographies.

Author Photograph of Author’s Own Artwork – Candice Boyd, 2013

It was my great pleasure to spend two weeks at CRESSON. I experienced a warm welcome and an inviting culture of thoughtful and respectful discussion.  It was fascinating to explore conceptual synergies between Francophone thinking about ambiances and Anglophone thought about affective atmospheres during my time here.

It was also a great opportunity to present my recently published works during “The déjeuner Cresson 11-09-2019” Non-Representational Geographies of Therapeutic Art Making, Non-Representational Theory and the Creative Arts, and Emotion and the Contemporary Museum – and to have this work openly received. 

As an artist-geographer who maintains an art practice, I was also delighted to learn about the LoSonnante and to experience this form of listening! There is much to be gained from these sorts of exchanges between disciplines and styles of thinking across different countries and even different languages.

My sincere thanks to all at CRESSON for having me.

12 09 2019, Cresson, Candice Boyd

To know more about Candice

Her three recents books :

Emotion and the Contemporary Museum. Development of a Geographically-Informed Approach to Visitor Evaluation. Candice P. Boyd ; Rachel Hughes. Palgrave Pivot. 2020. XI, 92 ISBN 978-981-13-8883-5. DOI 10.1007/978-981-13-8883-5. b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour

This book outlines a geographically-informed method of evaluating the emotional impact of museum exhibits.
Selection of articles
– Museology, Cultural Geography, and the Non-representational Pages 1-9 Boyd, Candice P. (et al.)
– Exhibiting with Emotion Pages 11-21 Boyd, Candice P. (et al.)

Non-Representational Theory and the Creative Arts. Candice P. Boyd, Christian Edwardes (des). Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 371p. ISBN : 978-981-13-5749-7. DOI 10.1007/978-981-13-5749-7. 7 b/w illustrations, 57 illustrations in colour.

This book presents distinct perspectives from both geographically-oriented creative practices and geographers working with arts-based processes. It considers how contemporary art making is being shaped by spatial enquiry and how geographical research has been influenced by artistic practice.
Selection of articles
– Walk with Me Pages 311-324 Hannam, Jeffrey (et al.)
– Audio Recording as Performance Pages 277-292 Gallagher, Michael
– Thresholds of Representation: Physical Disability in Dance and Perceptions of the Moving Body Pages 243-262 Duffy, Michelle (et al.)

Non-Representational Geographies of Therapeutic Art Making. Thinking Through. Candice P. Boyd. Palgrave Macmillan. 2017. XIII, 118. Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83484-9. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-46286-8. 8 illustrations in colour.

Utilising non-representational theories and practice-led research methods, this book serves to reclaim therapeutics as ecological, spatial and material. It examines the sites and performances of a wide range of therapeutic art practices, including painting and drawing, dance movement therapy, fibre art, subterranean graffiti practice, and poetic permaculture.
Selection of articles
– Non-Representational Theory Pages 27-41 Boyd, Boyd, Candice
– Performing Research Pages 43-59 Boyd, Candice P.

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Françoise Acquier (2019, 13 septembre). Non-Representational Theory and the Creative Arts. Le Cresson veille et recherche…. Consulté le 20 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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