In the past decade, the methodological interest in arts-based research has been growing considerably. As an emerging approach to qualitative research, arts-based research brings together scholarly inquiry and creative processes. Preliminary review work conducted to explore the potential of arts-based methods in community-based research has indicated that creative research methods can give relevant access to research phenomena because all people give shape and meaning to their lives from the interplay of the various senses. This interplay of sensory relations may not always be directly accessible through discourse, words and number. Most creative research methods remain dominantly vision-based, since vision is claimed to be the major sense through which we ‘receive’ relevant research data, but this thesis has not substantially been researched and is substantially questioned within the multi-sensory research tradition. Although most arts-based research approaches appear to rely on our senses, and remain close to the sensory experience, there seem to be no overarching, structured framework for the use of the senses in research. In line with previously conducted work from other qualitative researchers, we call for a renewed attention for the sensorial dimension in research, which currently remains under researched in the context of the entire arts-based research discourse.
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