Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Expressive remix therapy: Facilitating narrative mash-ups through the use of digital media art
by Jamerson, Jeffrey L., Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016, 170; 10183267
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation explains and highlights a scholar-artist-practitioner research model that blends existing theories rooted in social constructionist, narrative, and creative arts therapies with cutting edge digital art practices that better serve the needs of transition age youth (TAY) within the foster care system. This dissertation is an accumulation of work that traverses the fields of child welfare, mental health, and digital media learning. Two research questions are answered in this dissertation (a) What does a digital artistic intervention look like? and (b) How can digital media art be used in therapeutic group sessions with TAY?

This dissertation draws on my background in behavioral health with youth, work as a videographer and my experience in the realm of hip-hop culture as a disc jockey (DJ). Throughout this dissertation an emphasis is placed on the idea and application of remixing. DJs use remixing as a technique of expression, taking existing songs and mixing them up (blending, cutting, fading, and scratching) to create something new and powerful in return. This dissertation uses the word remix as a metaphor for therapeutic techniques that play with the idea of narrative transformation.

In particular, I demonstrate how to use iPad applications and a process called digital storytelling (mixing audio and video formats) for the purpose of evoking a client’s personal story construction and story transformation through a remix process. Two underlying themes comprise the framework of this dissertation: (a) the construction of narratives and (b) the remix (or creative transformation) of narratives using various forms of digital media.

The literature review discusses the disciplines of art therapy, expressive arts therapy, narrative therapy, and digital media art and digital art therapy. I also discuss a portion of the foster care system called TAY, and finally I discuss how personal stories and belief systems are subjectively created but more importantly remixed or recreated using the strategies highlighted in this study. The methodology of this dissertation is broken down into three sections: a pilot study, a case study, and a vignette, which display how digital media art is used as a therapeutic intervention.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Simons, Shoshana
Commitee: Boston, Denise, Shennum, Bill
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Multimedia Communications, Counseling Psychology, Performing Arts
Keywords: Arts, Digital media art, Expressive, Media, Narrative, Therapy
Publication Number: 10183267
ISBN: 978-1-369-31522-6
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