Singapore - International Document

Both Sides, Now: Living with Dying

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Rajendran C, Wales P

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Nanyang Technological University

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A qualitative research report on an immersive arts experience that engaged the public in contemplating, confronting and conversing with and about issues of death and dying. This study aimed to investigate the efficacy of an interdisciplinary community arts project, Both Sides, Now, and its impact on audiences, artists, stakeholders and volunteers who attended or were involved in the construction of the project. The arts experience included public talks, open-air performances and installations, which were set up in two outdoor public spaces encouraging interaction and playfulness.

Qualitative data was collected during and after the event in the way of observations, photographs and interviews with members of the audience, funding bodies, healthcare workers and members of the creative team. The discussion on findings is divided into; the event, the artworks, impacts and understandings and recommendations. The researchers noted high levels of audience engagement and diversity in opinions, as well as recognition from stakeholders of the arts ability to facilitate exploratory and transformational processes.

Both Sides, Now  –

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Primary Research

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Wales, P. and Rajendran, C. (2016). Both Sides, Now: Living with Dying. Nanyang Technological University