Kip Jones

KIP JONES, an American by birth, has been studying and working in the UK for more than 20 years.
Under the umbrella term of 'arts-led research', his main efforts have involved developing tools
from the arts and humanities for use by social scientists in research and its impact on a wider
public or a Perfomative Social Science.

Jones was Reader in Performative Social Science and Qualitative Research at
Bournemouth University for 15 years.
He is now a Visiting Scholar and and an independent author and scholar.

Kip has produced films and written many articles for academic journals and authored chapters
for books on topics such as masculinity, ageing and rurality, and older LGBT citizens.
Jones' most recent work involves working with Generation Z youth to tell their stories using
social media.
His ground-breaking use of qualitative methods, including Auto-fiction, biography
and auto-ethnography, and the use of tools from the arts in social science research
and dissemination are well-known.

Jones acted as Author and Executive Producer of
the award-winning short film, RUFUS STONE, funded by Research Councils UK.
The film is now available for free viewing on the Internet
and has been viewed by more than 14,000 people in 150 countries.

Areas of expertise
• Close relationships, culture and ethnicity
• Social psychology, sociology
• Ageing, self and identity
• Interpersonal processes, personality,
individual differences,
social networks, prejudice and stereotyping
• Sexuality and sexual orientation
• Creativity and the use of the
arts in Social Science

Media experience
His work has been reported widely
in the media, including:
BBC Radio 4,BBC TV news,Times
Higher Education, Sunday New
York Times, International
and The Independent.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Gay and Pleasant Land?

Gay and pleasant Land? -a study about positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales

Gay and Pleasant Land? from Kip Jones on Vimeo.

Dr Lee Ann Fenge, Dr Kip Jones & Dr Rosie Read, Bournemouth University

A work package in the New Dynamics of Ageing Project, "Grey and Pleasant Land?: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Connectivity of Older People in Rural Civic Society"

The project is rooted in and continues upon in-depth findings and networks established by a three-year action research project, Gay and Grey in Dorset. The Gay and Grey project investigated the needs, wants, fears and aspirations of older lesbians and gay men. This study's conclusions were that older gays and lesbians feel at risk of isolation in rural areas and that this phenomenon needed further study. Further, the study's participants coming out stories seemed to be a device employed in negotiating social inclusion over the life course.

Learning more about how this is accomplished, and over time, seemed important for further investigation. Gathered narrated biographies will eventually form the basis for the composite characters for a short film, produced by a professional filmmaker in collaboration with the research projects investigators. In addition to the collected biographies, visual ethnographic data will be collected which enriches the location, age range and activities of the research population. This primary data will then be interpreted by citizen panels and developed by them, in collaboration with the filmmaker, into the film's script. The professional level, broadcast quality film itself will be totally grounded in the data—both in the life story interviews and the visual anthropological data gleaned from observation in the study's rural communities.

[See also: "Gay and Grey in the Green British Countryside: What could possibly go wrong?"]

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

sound picture: fun on a boat

If it won't play above on your pc, use the link below:
sound picture: fun on a boat from Kip Jones on Vimeo.

Through sound and picture, depicting some old people having fun on a tender boat in a rough bay off of St Peter Port Guernsey

How can we 'see' what we hear? How does image increase our desire to hear? Do we always need to see what we hear, or does our imagination fill in the missing picture?

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Ray Johnson. Please Add to & Return

Ray didn't talk about it, he just did it.That's why you don't find art magazines lying around quoting the art philosophy of Ray Johnson.

28 February – 10 May 2009

Raven Row’s inaugural exhibition is the first large UK show of the collages and mailings of New York artist Ray Johnson (1927–1995). Johnson used radical means to construct and distribute images, inadvertently inventing the ‘mail art movement’. He made art out of social life – both real and imagined – gathering celebrities, the art world, and friends into his work. His influence on twentieth century art far exceeds the recognition he receives.

‘Ray Johnson. Please Add to & Return’ is significant in representing Johnson’s mailings, objects he regarded as gifts and thus contrary to the market, equally with the collage works he made for gallery exhibition in the sixties and seventies. Also included are the collages he subjected to a seemingly endless process of reworking and overlaying, which were found signed with multiple dates and neatly arranged in his house at the time of his death.

Wednesday to Sunday


Saturday, 2 May 2009

Philadelphia, my hometown. Makes me very proud.

In Comcast Center's lobby is the Comcast Experience which is a 2,000 square feet (190 m2) high-definition LED screen that has become a tourist attraction. Designed to be environmentally friendly, the skyscraper is the tallest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building in the United States.

The world's largest Barco NX-4 LED installation.
- 83.3´wide by 25.4´high - 5x HD resolution - 10 million pixels

Friday, 1 May 2009

Please help if you can

PHOTO: BTE performers recreating a scene from Antonioni's film, Blow-up at our recent "Love-in" for faculty in Health & Social Care and The Media School at Bournemouth University

Bournemouth Theatre in Education is being shut down. Over many years, this tiny team with a national and international reputation has engaged with countless young people, as well as adults.

The team is particularly important to us at the Centre for Qualitative Research and was key in producing the mime performance at our last Qualitative Research Conference.

Please help if you can. Sign the petition to save Bournemouth Theatre in Education!