Restoring Inanna and the Huluppu Tree: The Productive Tension between Creativity and Data in Practice- led Research

By Raelene Bruinsma.

Published by The Arts Collection

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‘Restoring Inanna’ is a practice-led, autoethnographic doctoral research project which explores how the four to five thousand year old stories and poems of the Ancient Sumerian goddess Inanna can speak to contemporary women. Using a performative storytelling process that involves original songwriting and theatrical devices to both investigate the topic and present some of the results, the research will culminate in a one woman devised performance integrating several of Inanna’s stories and poems. Creating a devised performance requires a range of minute by minute creative decisions, some thought out and some intuitively discovered through improvisation. In this case the devised performance is part of a wider research process. Creative decisions are thus both enhanced and complicated by a range of data threads which need to be woven through: contextual research across multiple disciplines; a journal documenting creative processes and decisions, as well as personal responses to the stories and the research process; and discussion forums. Sometimes the artistic and research aims are congruent, other times they are in conflict. This paper attempts to untangle some of the knotted data threads which both feed into, and are generated by, the first creative development period relating to the story: ‘Inanna and the Huluppu Tree’.

Keywords: Music and Theatre, Devised Performance, Songwriting, Practice-Led Research, Auto ethnographic Research, The Goddess Inanna from Ancient Sumer, Mythology, Women’s Issues, Storytelling, Cross Disciplinary Research

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.209-222. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 853.471KB).

Raelene Bruinsma

Doctoral Candidate, Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Humanities, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Raelene Bruinsma is a doctoral candidate at Curtin University in Perth Australia, where she is engaged in practice-led autoethnographic research in the creative arts. Her background as both a registered music therapist and a touring singer songwriter has fuelled her interest in the ways in which different disciplines intersect and enhance each other. She is particularly interested in the ways in which creative processes mimic research processes and the re-valuing of alternative types of knowledge as an adjunct to more traditional ways of knowing.


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