Stopgaps, Beasts + Other Strategies of Being in Public Space

Lisa Hirmer, Elizabeth Jackson


In this dispatch, Elizabeth Jackson reflect upon the process and possible implications of a collaboration called "Stopgaps and Gems," a creative research project that saw newcomer youth exploring and sharing their personal experiences and insights with other members of Guelph's public. Following Jackson's piece, she and Lisa Hirmer engage in a dialogue about Hirmer's creative practice, Dodolab, and the ways in which her work conceptualizes, engages, and challenges conventional notions of power, place, and representation.


arts-based research; community engagement; storytelling; collaboration; social justice

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Estrada, A. (2013, July 10, 17:00). UCSB Black Studies scholar examines improvisation as a tool for social change. The Current: UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved from



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