The Dutch National Research Agenda (Nationale Wetenschapsagenda, NWA) has an Art route: research and innovation in the 21st century, headed by Janneke Wesseling. The route plays a role in organizing and connecting the field of art and relevant research. An important focus point is increasing the likelihood of success of research applications from the Art route.
The application Artists Community Knowledge (ACKnowledge), consisting of three sub-projects, has been approved. The three sub-projects were selected by the members of the Art route-steering group and applicants. ACKnowledge (Artists Community Knowledge) investigates art as an alternative form of knowledge production. The subprojects focus on three different art practices: art libraries, artists' self-organized communities/collectives, and artists' material craft practices.
Visit routekunstnwa.nl for more information about the Art route and ACKnowledge.
Researchers and partners
The following researchers are involved in ACKnowledge: Remco van Bladel (ArtEZ University of the Arts), Dr. Florian Cramer and Simon Kentgens (Willem de Kooning Academy, Hogeschool Rotterdam), Dr. Josué Amador (Codarts University of the Arts), Johan Oomen, M.A. (Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid), Prof. Dr. Alec Badenoch (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, Art and Culture) and Mariana Lanari (Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, Universiteit van Amsterdam).
Kunstinstituut Melly/Formerly Known as Witte de With, Het Nieuwe Instituut, De Appel, Casa do Povo, EUScreen, Re:vive, Dropstuff, AVA_net
The goal of this project is to literally ACKnowledge these new forms of knowledge. The sub-projects will translate implicit, embodied, and situated knowledge in art practices into explicit and more generally accessible knowledge and investigate underlying concepts.
The subprojects will be done as artistic research – i.e., following Borgdorff's definition, as "research in and through art practice" which "unites the artistic and the academic in an enterprise that impacts on both domains. (1) The overarching research question for the three subprojects is: How can we reveal knowledge that is embodied in contemporary arts practices and share it with a larger public?
The researchers are pleased that their application has been approved and look forward to putting their plans into practice.
1) Borgdorff, Henk. "The production of knowledge in artistic research." The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts. Routledge, 2010, p. 45, p. 44-45.