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Healthcare 2017, 5(3), 59;

“Found Performance”: Towards a Musical Methodology for Exploring the Aesthetics of Care

Research and Knowledge Exchange, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London EC2Y 8DT, UK
Academic Editors: Ian Walsh and Helen Noble
Received: 30 July 2017 / Revised: 17 August 2017 / Accepted: 24 August 2017 / Published: 18 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Humanities and Healthcare)
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Concepts of performance in fine art reflect key processes in music therapy. Music therapy enables practitioners to reframe patients as performers, producing new meanings around the clinical knowledge attached to medical histories and constructs. In this paper, music therapy practices are considered in the wider context of art history, with reference to allied theories from social research. Tracing a century in art that has revised the performativity of found objects (starting with Duchamp’s “Fountain”), and of found sound (crystallised by Cage’s 4′ 33) this paper proposes that music therapy might be a pioneer methodology of “found performance”. Examples from music therapy and contemporary socially engaged art practices are brought as potential links between artistic methodologies and medical humanities research, with specific reference to notions of Aesthetics of Care. View Full-Text
Keywords: healthcare; medical humanities; music therapy; performance healthcare; medical humanities; music therapy; performance
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