Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Applied Ecobricolage: Mountain Being(s)/ Mountain Becoming(s)
by Miller, Tanya Sterett, M.A., Prescott College, 2016, 255; 10195721
Abstract (Summary)

Applied Ecobricolage: Mountain Being(s)/ Mountain Becoming(s) is about a research process designed to bring living systems and visual arts-based inquiry to the forefront of building human connections with the more-than-human world. Utilizing an applied ecobricolage structure, the focus of this research was twofold. The project explored applied ecobricolage as a platform for interdisciplinary and multi-methodological research on how to build connections with high-altitude mountain places and their place-beings. The project was also interested in discovering to what extent, if any, the sentient wisdom of high-altitude mountain places and their place-beings could contribute towards human processes and practices for resilient planetary living. Literature grounded the possibility for more-than-human mountain connection in its recognition of Gaian sentience and mountain places as distinct time-location events. Gaia-as-teacher and mountains as forms of hallowed Earth places, gave rise to what was possible when place, place-beings, and co-researchers collaborated to see, hear, and feel the wisdom of mountains. Guidance from Earth-based methodologies and the Earth informing lenses found in ecobricolage, Gaian methodology, and terrapsychology were utilized to amplify Earth connection and communication. Materialistic approaches to contemplative photography and elicitation practices such as glance and poetic inquiry methods, catalyzed collaborative dialogue resulting in 10, 387 digital images. The steps to building mountain connection and conducting an arts-based ecobricolage were found in the imagery, musings, and meditations arising from alpine conversations. What became apparent as a result of the ecobricolage was that mountain wisdom does exist and there is much that is communicated. What became secondary to discovering the ways of connection were the sentient mountain contributions towards living processes and practices. I found the contributions lay in the direct encounter between the place, event and myself. This paper gives some insight into who I became when, I connected to mountains as it acknowledged my distinct state of mountain being. More instances of ecobricolage research design could assist Earth-based scholarship in transforming perspectives in sustainability and research methodology. Building connections with the more-than-human mountain world exemplified the ways conscious connection bestows planetary wisdom. Exploring other places as time-location events presents more avenues for future researchers. Keywords: ecobricolage, mountain, place, contemplative photography, connection

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hauk, Marna
Commitee: Loeffler, T. A., Mitten, Denise
School: Prescott College
Department: Adventure Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ecology, Psychology, Sustainability
Keywords: Connection, Contemplative photography, Ecobricolage, Interdisciplinary, Mountain, Place
Publication Number: 10195721
ISBN: 9781369406719
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