Joanna Foster

Current research/thesis title:

The Artist As Troubadour: Exploring Creative Encounter through Song, Travel and Story

"I aim to uncover a process of creative exchange in live musical performance that develops in real-time between, and in relation to, the performer, audience and environment."

My research is practice-based and multi-disciplinary, combining audio, visual and textual languages to explore the role of the artist as a 'troubadour'. I am using my own practice as a singer and travelling musician to explore the creative encounters that occur within an experiential practice. My practice of drawing and printmaking are also used to highlight, trace and critique the notion of 'creative encounter'.

In particular, I aim to uncover a process of creative exchange in live musical performance that develops in real-time between, and in relation to, the performer, audience and environment.  Key areas of research are embodied learning, as the troubadour is both 'method' and 'medium', the skills used to adapt to shifting particularities and conditions of encounter, and the idea of transformation through a creative framework based in first-hand experience.

A focal point of research has been my experiences as an artist and musician in Canada during 2014 when I undertook a residency at Sambaa K'e Print Studio in the Northwest Territories of Canada.  The time I spent with the Dene community of Sambaa K'e was a turning point in my research and led to subsequent key experiences as a travelling musician.

Names of Supervisors: Tracy Mackenna and Euan McArthur