What Does a Mythopoetic Inquiry Look Like?

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Susanna Ruebsaat


A Mythopoetic Inquiry is a narrative of the imagination which creates an alternate story to the dominant story (individually or collectively). We create the story as we are living it; writing the narrative at the same time as we are reading it to ourselves and the world. Creating a vision while seeing; an imaginative vision about what is and what can be.

A mythopoetic inquiry has its own logic but also needs to connect to reality. Art making (and other creative activities), can be a bridge between imagination and reality; letting the art tell the story from that liminal place between the conscious and unconscious. It is important to consider that there are practical aspects of this imagining. As humans we have a shared imagination (myths and archetypes) that is the common ground of this imagining.


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Ruebsaat, S. (2013). What Does a Mythopoetic Inquiry Look Like?. SFU Educational Review, 6. https://doi.org/10.21810/sfuer.v6i.372