Towards an Aesthetic Space: A Comparative Study

  • Jonathan Reid


This article aims to explore, through a literature review, what may be termed ‘the aesthetic space’ and to draw comparison with dialogical theories. The word ‘aesthetic’ literally means to take in the world through the senses. The study is based on theories and related principles from the fields of education, philosophy and psychology and from those of the world of the creative arts in determining what is meant by ‘the aesthetic space’.  Simultaneously, comparison is drawn towards an aesthetic approach to communication and dialogical theory. To enter the ‘aesthetic space’ is to engage creatively with the senses and the process of meaning making.

Besides a literature description,  the study examines, through focus groups, questionnaires and video-analysis tasks, the I-positions of two groups of professionals  (support and art workers) in analysing communicative agency in a deafblind/non-deafblind dyad engaging in an ‘aesthetic space encounter’. Creative approaches are recommended for people with deafblindness and their social partners to develop agency within communication in the deafblind field.