The Blog: A MEMORY LANE TO ANALYZE THE PHYSICALITY - Organizing my thoughts for the research project

Starting the Memory Lane

A Mem­o­ry Lane to Ana­lyze the Phys­i­cal­i­ty I have cho­sen for this blog that tells about my prepa­ra­tions. The prepa­ra­tions are for the Stock­holm Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts Project I will present in more detail here. In this blog I will be work­ing through an intro­spec­tive jour­ney. I fig­ure out my cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and what I still have to do before the start of the journey.

This is the blog post, or an arti­cle, pre­sent­ing the blog itself. I make sure things become clear­er as I go on and update you about them through this blog. I’ll work through any ques­tions I still have to clar­i­fy. This helps me delve deep­er and recheck any sources I have stum­bled upon. This is a per­son­al check-in with myself.

In this arti­cle, I’ll answer to four ques­tions. Why I have cho­sen this name? What is this blog about? What kind of con­tent am I pre­sent­ing? How is my process with the blog and research prepa­ra­tions in practice?

Why name The Memory Lane?

For me, the word ‘Mem­o­ry Lane’ includes a notion of unre­li­a­bil­i­ty. It is sim­ply some­thing I remember.

Some­times there will be links and ref­er­ences to check my sources. Oth­er times I will just let you know what I remem­ber from some­where. The mem­o­ry might be from a pri­vate dis­cus­sion, some spe­cif­ic les­son or just some show­er-thought I had.

I try my best to be trans­par­ent where the infor­ma­tion comes from. I do remem­ber wrong, which will cre­ate inac­cu­ra­cies to what I will write about. Don’t trust this to be on a lev­el of an aca­d­e­m­ic text. It is just a warm-up for my jour­ney. I want to present it open­ly so that oth­ers may follow. 

The pur­pose of this blog is to let me recheck my source mate­r­i­al. It is part of the prepa­ra­tions for the research. It will help me gath­er every­thing here in one place. There will be inac­cu­ra­cies, mis­re­mem­brance and such. The plan is to recheck my mate­ri­als before I write cre­ate offi­cial­ly about them.

Treat this blog as my per­son­al notes. Treat it as some­thing I will use as a frame of ref­er­ence dur­ing the research itself. 

What is A Memory Lane to Analyze the Physicality about?

The Mem­o­ry Lane blog is an intro­spec­tive jour­ney. The pur­pose of it is to pre­pare myself to the degree project at Stock­holm Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts. The cur­rent work­ing title of the project is Ana­lyz­ing the Phys­i­cal­i­ty in the Per­form­ing Arts Process­es, and you can find more infor­ma­tion about it here: The project will nat­u­ral­ly devel­op dur­ing the next two-and-a-half years. I haven’t even start­ed the stud­ies yet! I have applied for some fund­ing for the project and have for­mu­lat­ed this page for that pur­pose — and for future co-researchers to read. 

I will go through all the things I have writ­ten in my cur­rent research plan. Then I will work through it step by step, to make sure I have cov­ered every­thing to rea­son­able degree. Some things will come up dur­ing the process. Oth­er things will change dur­ing it. That is all fine. The whole pur­pose of this blog is to make sure I have a strong plan to fol­low when I actu­al­ly start the research.

My plans for this Blog

For this writ­ing jour­ney, I am going through the plan I have writ­ten and explain the dif­fer­ent parts of it. I’ll add more details — and explain my choic­es. There is also a need to define the frame­work in a clear­er way. The frame­work will after all be one of the main pre­dict­ed results of the research project. The rest of the results will be about using it.

I will also dis­cuss the role of Stock­holm Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts (SKH, Stock­holms Kon­st­närli­ga Högsko­la) in more detail as I learn more of what they will offer me in practice.

Besides the posts writ­ten about my research plan itself, I feel that it is impor­tant to do some prepara­to­ry self-work. I men­tion study­ing my own prac­tices also in the research plan (19).

Intro­spec­tion can be start­ed alone. I plan to use my ped­a­gog­i­cal self-analy­sis tools to recheck where I stand with my tool­box of phys­i­cal­i­ty, tool­box of ped­a­gogy and tool­box of life. All this is some­thing I have to think about before I can actu­al­ly start the journey.

Look for­ward to read­ing about the frame­work, about prac­ti­cal choic­es and details of the plan, SKH and oth­er research partners.

Journaling about Practicalities

Besides the more abstract jour­neys I have men­tioned in pre­vi­ous para­graph I feel like I need con­crete details to base my plans on. I will be writ­ing about my sched­ules, vis­its at schools and pro­duc­tions I work with. I am also quite curi­ous of using a co-researcher mod­el in some way.

I had the plea­sure to be a co-researcher in a project for Finnish Insti­tute of Occu­pa­tion­al Health called Floor is Ours (Työter­veyslaitos: Mil­laista on olla kanssat­utk­i­ja). After the project I was inspired to con­tin­ue using sim­i­lar meth­ods of co-research we used there. I am still unsure how to use it though, but might return to the mod­el as I study it more. I feel like after I have used the frame­work, a good proof of con­cept would be to let oth­ers use it too.

In near future, I will also start to con­tact dif­fer­ent orga­ni­za­tions and peo­ple whom I am plan­ning to work with. When I have peo­ple to ask and places to be, I can start sched­ul­ing where to go and when. I will keep every­one updat­ed about the details too. 

The Work during Grant Period 1.4.2024-31.3.2025 (4/7)</p>
<p>Plan for the Practical Arrangements (15%)</p>
<p>The largest arrangement will be to contact people I will be working with during 2024. I don't want to start to do this too actively before the studies and grant period can start, but I have already had some preliminary discussions with productiosn I have been asked to work with.</p>
<p>The second largest arragement will be to figure out my Research Methodology. That is, I need to test in practice, how I will be observing the spaces, practice how I will think and work while doing my primary role in the space, and how I will communicate about my researcher role. After I have some data, practicing the analysis of it and the presentation of results will most likely take a huge amount of my time and effort.</p>
<p>To analyze the final results I will lean on my art, art pedagogy and pedagogy knowledge, on the literature and on the lived experience of other working professionals. I am also planning on cross-reference with the experts in sports and psychology. </p>
<p>In the end my main goal is to make the information I gather accessible, so I might need to work a while also with experts in digital media to make it possible. I have some experiences and connections with this already during my past collaborations with Aalto University, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Historical Movement Archive. This all needs its time.

Memory Lane Recap

A Mem­o­ry Lane to the Phys­i­cal­i­ty tells a sto­ry about my prepa­ra­tions for the jour­ney with­in Stock­holm Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts Pro­gramme. I will be writ­ing it as I pre­pare for the project in order to keep things prac­ti­cal. Project starts in 2024.

A Mem­o­ry Lane is an intro­spec­tive blog, inac­cu­rate and rough, but thrives to add trans­paren­cy and com­mu­ni­ca­tion to my process. That is why I will be look­ing for­ward to hear­ing any com­ments or obser­va­tions that you might have.

Thank you for join­ing this jour­ney with me. Look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing it with you!

Juuso-Matias forming a triangle with their hands

Juuso-Matias Maijanen

Author has a background in physical acting (Bachelor of Culture and Arts in Performing Arts) and theatre and drama pedagogy (Bachelor of Culture and Arts within Degree Programme in Music and Stage Art). They are also an intimacy director with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators Inc. with a 'certification pending status' and have a vast amount of training with dramatic combat.

Author is currently preparing for their degree projecct within is a MA student at Stockholm University of the Arts (starting autumn 2023) and looking for people to collaborate with.