Using Balloons to Co-create Welfare in the Danish Health Care Sector
This chapter explores dancing with balloons as an art-based process for intervening in the production of welfare in the Danish health care sector. Informed by nonrepresentational studies, the chapter considers how we can cultivate surplus value by shifting our thinking about welfare as a predefined service to experience welfare as felt but not yet articulated movements in-between us. The chapter shows how a cross-professional group in the Danish health care sector used balloons and their gentle, loose, vague, rhythmically intense, floating and more or less unpredictable movements to grasp welfare as felt thoughts-in-movement (Massumi 2002). This kind of ‘loose’ knowledge (McCormack 2012) involves reflecting on welfare from within the presence of the moment and all its changing worlds of real, felt movement. The chapter illustrates how the research process by intensifying welfare as felt (surplus value) can generate a passage to an ecology of ongoing form-shifting and felt experiences of welfare.
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