Re-worlding is a series of seminars and lectures to stimulate reflection and debate on research in art, architecture and design. Re-worlding is co-jointly organised by:
In monthly seminars and lectures, re-worlding will focus on 6 perspectives relevant to facilitate this engagement with the world:
This seminar sets up a dialogue and exchange with MAU, Malmö University, K3. The session is moderated by Anna Seravalli and Ann Light.
This seminar dives into how findings in a particular and situated context can be connected to other actors in society: musea, art collectives, policy etc. It introduces us to how art and design researchers share their research with the world and enter into productive collaborations with the world and evaluate these collaborations.
Our initiatives for change require some feedback - to us - to know that what we are doing is achieving what we set out to - and to the world around us - be that funders or those we seek to engage in supporting or sponsoring our activities. When we reworld, we ask more of this process than many evaluation procedures can map to. There is some hint of ontological change and a journey to places beyond what we can know now. How is it possible to give confidence in the direction of travel when the issues are complex and intrinsically uncertain or indeterminable? The goal of this session is to look at reconnection as a process of valuing and making links between worlds, not only as ideas but as pathways that we seek to travel and to know we have travelled.
Organised as a dialogue between four academics-practitioners we reflect on the practice of creating the right environment (open public structure) to re-imagining today’s society, making use of design and art as medium.
Our Keynote Speakers:
The purpose of the seminar is threefold. Firstly, the seminar addresses how to link (or not to link) autonomous artistic and design research to private and public institutional frameworks in order to generate research results with a strong impact on society. Secondly, it creates awareness about intellectual property rights (“IP”), and in particular IP at UHasselt. Lastly, it tackles different types of dissemination and exploitation in art and design research, duly taking into account the interests of all parties involved: the PhD student, the promoter, and on a larger scale the university and also the society as a whole.
The seminar will be structured as follows:
Session 1: Lunch session (12h00 - 13h30) - break
Session 2: The protection of works of (applied) arts under copyright law (14h00 - 14h45)
Session 3: IP at UHasselt and ARK (14h45 - 15h15) - break
Session 4: Dissemination and exploitation of research results (15h30 - 17h00)
The plenary part of this seminar revolves around ethnographic research and how it can be used in artistic and design research to situate and problematise some of the general assumptions we often hold as researchers. It introduces us to the creation of ethnographic techniques that are particular for artistic and design researchers. It sets up a dialogue and exchange with Limerick University.
The plenary part of the session on “re-discovering” is moderated by Cristiano Storni, Lecturer and senior researcher in Interaction Design and Director of the MSc.\MA in Interaction and Experience Design at Computer Science and Information Systems department (Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick). He holds a PhD in Information Systems and Organization from the Faculty of Sociology in the University of Trento (Italy). During his PhD Cristiano has studied the impact of ICT on people, organization and society, focussing on Science and Technology Studies (STS), Actor Network Theory (ANT), Social studies of Information Systems (SSIS), Ethnography, Participatory and Interaction Design. His research lies at the intersection of social science and design disciplines and in different application areas: Health Care, Web2.0, open hardware and software, and social innovation. In the design area, he is working on the ‘coming together’ of design (participatory and interactive) and Actor Network Theory.
Two speakers will discuss the use of ethnographic approaches in art and design research. One from academia (Design School Kolding), and one from culture practice (Waag Society):
This first seminar will dive into the necessity to rethink how we position our Faculty’s artistic and design research in today’s changing world. We rethink our own position, but also the platforms via which we do art and design research today, our research groups, our faculty research days, our doctoral program. Is our positioning and the positioning of our platforms able to navigate in a landscape in which culture is in a very fragile position and polarisation is driving public debates: on climate, care, migration etc. What input do we need as researchers to navigate this landscape more consciously? In this first seminar we co-design the program for the rest of the year based on this structure: the keynotes, the formats etc...
Part 1: Brainstorm on re-infrastructuring art and design research (ArcK + MAD).
The goal of this brainstorm is to use this input to write a vision on the future development of our (doctoral) research platforms and to reorganise our doctoral and research platforms to facilitate your research as good as we can.
What do you care about or - better - what do we need and want to care about in our (PhD) research?
How can we as institutes reorganise our platforms - our doctoral programs, our research groups, our labs etc - , to reconnect and collectively address some of the issues we individually and commonly care about? Some examples: Do these platforms need to actively contribute to the cultural field we are active in (e.g. role of studio space, curation)? How do they promote conferences in a time in which travelling has become impossible and the climate needs care? How do they need to take into account the position of young parents in a time many are working at home? Can we reorganise our platforms to allow for more equality between groups or to be more welcoming to refugees or people who locally need our attention?
What people would you really like to hear on the following topics.
Ethnographic approaches in art and design research
Creative Writing in art and research
Imagination in art and design research
IP and dissemination in art and design research
Managing Projects in art and design research
Ethics of Care in art and Design research.
Part 2: Parallel sessions MAD and ArcK PhD students
ArcK PhD presentations:
MAD PhD presentations:
This research aims to critically rethink those new flexible bonds. It focusses on how neoliberalism normalizes attitudes towards work and the self, discourages collectivism in favor of individual freedom, and fundamentally challenges “what a relationship is” by promoting the concept of independence over that of mutual responsibility. Neoliberal thinking does not merely stretch the terms but puts the notion of participation itself into question. The open relationship it proposes goes beyond a form of moral lenience empowered by its transgressive flexibility between cultural, political and economical interests, but is the capacity of a system of (social) production to function independently from any unexpected or original or outside events; to function as an autonomous scenario in and of itself that no longer requires decision-making, attention, in other words; participation. Or: what would be a play without the need for a public?
Method: This research envisions to approach the subject as a political-architectural concept, considering the open, the autonomous, or the flexible as spatio-political terms that can be reflected upon by artistic strategies between the author, the work and the public. The research will take place on the intersection of architecture, the arts, and performance studies, and will draw notions from political philosophy. It aims to rediscover the bond that publicness has with the artistic work. The research will be conducted within the artistic practice by experimenting with open, closed, remote or connected ways of situating a public via script-related works such as scenario’s, performances, scenographies, and designs of space each questioning its relation with the public via different degrees of distance.