Immersion into a Pleasurable Flow That Affords Combinings and Creativities

  • Michael CrowhurstEmail author
  • Michael Emslie
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Arts-Based Educational Research book series (BABER)


In Chapter 2 we argued that cultures of alignment and standardizations can interrupt ‘certain types of flow’. In this chapter we return to the idea of flow and link this to notions of emergence and pleasure. We suggest that the generation of environments that support pleasurable flow are part of diversity work in any setting, as these environments are the spaces where difference emerges as it is tried out. We avoid the temptation of firmly locating emergence and alignment as oppositional and instead opt to write about them as relational. In this chapter we note the creative potential and happenings that emergent spaces offer. We take heed of Maxine Greene’s (2001) observation that educative spaces are excessive and unpredictable and therefore emergent. Rather than pursue the tendency towards standardization, avoidance and control in such spaces we intentionally seek to immerse ourselves in such environs and go with the flow. In the process, we name and notice some examples of creative outcomes and story these events. We position creativity as an effect of combinings, and as an imprecise, unpredictable, ineffable learning forward that may be enabled within emergent spaces characterized by pleasurable flows.


Critical/collective/auto/ethnographic Arts-based research Flow Combinings Creativities Temporality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationRMIT UniversityBundooraAustralia
  2. 2.Youth WorkRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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