Artistic Research Project
Full course description
The Artistic Research Project invites you to explore conducting research, under the dual guidance of a professional artist and an academic researcher. Bridging the domains of art and science, this project challenges you to get out of your ‘comfort zone’ and transfer your academic knowledge and skills to an unfamiliar working environment. This novel approach to ‘Research Based Learning’ is grounded in the assumption that art and science are not separate domains, but rather ‘particular kinds of experimental practices in a more general experimental culture’ (Gere, 2010). Both sharing the same driving forces of motivation: curiosity and imagination (Nowotny in Biggs & Karlsson, 2011). This way, the project triggers your creativity, requires adaptability and invites critical reflection on established research practices, methodologies and ways of knowing. It challenges you to critically consider the question how do we know what we know?
All participants in the Artistic Research Project are part of an interdisciplinary research team working on a topical problem in collaboration with both the artist and the academic researcher. Building on their own background, expertise and interests, all team-members provide a personal contribution to the artistic process. Hence, the project is open to students from all concentrations. No specific experience in the arts is needed. Participating students should be open to experimentation with new and unfamiliar ways of conducting research, using for instance the body as a research instrument.
Similar to Marble, ARI and The Documentary, the Artistic Research Project takes a full semester and encompasses two skills courses and one project. During periods 4 and 5 students work on the project one day per week. During period 6 the workload is full time.
Because this new initiative is in a pilot phase, the number of spots is limited. We are looking for open-minded students who are drawn to the content of the project as well as interested in helping to further develop the initiative. More information about the artist, the content and the application procedure will be published via the Student Portal.
After completing the Artistic Research Project, a student:
- Is able to critically reflect on artistic research as a practice and how this adds to his/her curriculum at UCM.
- Developed ‘aesthetic competencies’ and familiarized him/herself with ways of doing and discussing an artistic practice.
- Is able to make a well-reasoned contribution to academic debates about artistic research and public discussions about the relationship between the arts and the sciences as sources of knowledge in society.
- Has practiced ‘transferring knowledge’. That is, the ability to critically analyze an unfamiliar situation, recognize what knowledge and/or skills are applicable and apply this knowledge and/or skills in the new context. In this process students have also practiced their flexibility and adaptability.
- Has practiced working in an interdisciplinary team on an ‘open-ended’ problem that requires creative and imaginative thinking. In this process, the student also practices to effectively communicate and define his/her role as part of the group, reflecting on his/her personal strengths and weaknesses.