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GROUND TESTS: Situating Advanced Practices

English title GROUND TESTS: Situating Advanced Practices
Applicant Allen Jamie
Number 189831
Funding scheme COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
Research institution Institut für Experimentelle Design und Medienkulturen Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, FHNW
Institution of higher education University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (without UTE) - FHNW
Main discipline Arts
Start/End 01.06.2020 - 31.05.2024
Approved amount 318'502.00
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Discipline
Arts
Education and learning sciences, subject-specific education

Keywords (10)

technology; media; research; technology research; artistic research; practice; design research; design; media research; artistic

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
Ground Tests étudie, élabore et produit de la recherche en art, design et média. Par des enquêtes extra-disciplinaires qui connectent les contextes, les communautés, et les préoccupations qui activent des pratiques non traditionnelles. Comment les composer, comment fonctionnent-elles ? Nos « tests » active des concepts et des modèles qui ont pour origines les cultures de l’art, du design et de la création médiatique, tout en les détournant vers des questions, des effets à des fins sociales et écologiques.
Lay summary

Ground Tests étudie, élabore et produit de la recherche en art, design et média. Par des enquêtes extra-disciplinaires qui connectent les contextes, les communautés, et les préoccupations qui activent des pratiques non traditionnelles. Comment les composer, comment fonctionnent-elles ? Nos « tests » active des concepts et des modèles qui ont pour origines les cultures de l’art, du design et de la création médiatique, tout en les détournant vers des questions, des effets à des fins sociales et écologiques.

Ground Tests examine les perspectives artistiques actuelles, les pratiques de conception, les systèmes médiatiques et les méthodes numériques en tant qu’activateurs transversaux du changement, permettant aux communautés et aux collectifs humains et non humains de représenter et d’exprimer leurs attachements, intérêts, besoins ou désirs. S’inspirant de ces explorations, ce projet teste les « pourquoi » et les « comment » des investigations artistiques et conceptuelles par le biais d’une expérimentation empirique réactive, respectueuse et pertinente. 

Ground Tests entreprend des études de cas et des actions aux frontières critiquables, perméables et mouvantes de l’écologie et de la culture, de la nature et de la science. Le projet s’appuie sur les orientations expérimentales de praticien existant, et s’en inspire pour élargir les manières spécifiques d’enquêter sur des situations ayant un impact social, politique et écologique fort. Nous visons une évaluation de la portée de la recherche elle-même, de ce qu’elle est et de ce qu’elle fait, en tant qu’engagements actifs et responsables dans les différents contextes explorés. Comment observer de manière réflexive la répercussion et les bénéficiaires des pratiques de connaissance ? Quels sont, en pratique, les accès aux moyens et aux résultats de la recherche créative?

 
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Lay Summary (English)

Lead
Ground Tests studies and activates artistic, design, and media research, as extra-disciplinary knowledge practices advancing and elaborating the accesses, means and values of communities of concern engaged by such study.
Lay summary

Ground Tests studies and elaborates art, design and media research. We undertake extra-disciplinary investigations that connect contexts, communities, and concerns through means that animate non-traditional knowledge practices. How should these be composed, and how should they work ? Our ‘tests’ activate concepts and styles with their origins in cultures of art, design and media creativity, while diverting these modes toward socially and ecologically responsible issues and ends.

Ground Tests investigates current artistic perspectives, design practices, media systems and digital methods as cross-cutting activators of change, allowing human and nonhuman collectivities to represent and express their circumstances and interests, needs and desires. Informed by these explorations, this project tests and grounds the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of artistic and design investigations, through empirical experiments that are responsive, respectful and impactful. 

Ground Tests undertakes case studies and actions at the critical, permeable and shifting boundaries of ecology and culture, nature and science. The project draws on the experimental orientations of existing practitioners to inspire and enlarge our modes of creating site- and subject-specific inquiries with collective social, political, ecological import and impact. We intend an elaboration of the scope of research itself, what it is and what it does, as active and responsible engagements with the contexts in which this work is undertaken. How do we reflexively regard the repercussion and beneficiaries of knowledge practices? What accesses are created to the means and outcomes of creative research, in practice?

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 08.04.2020

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Abstract

GROUND TESTS is a four-year practice-oriented creative research project. It takes up the operationalisation and field-testing of the principles, networks and capacity building also activated by related COST Action CA18136, “European Forum for Advanced Practices” (EFAP). Specifically, we investigate the possibility of inclusive, respectful and embedded empirical research in the arts, design and through media and technology. Stemming from the knowledge practices of artistic, design, media and technology research, the project investigates contemporary principles, practices and values of creative research, and communities that address complex and cross-cutting challenges of society, politics, economics, ecology. Our extra-disciplinary investigations provide contemporary artistic, designerly, ethnographic and anthropological interventions and studies; in-situ, empirical interventions and future-facing scenarios for ground-testing the prospective, open proposition of new research practices, concepts, propositions and visions. We will create contemporary and speculative investigations; practice-based, empirical field-lab explorations. Importantly, it is our intention to "ground" theoretical discourses on method and practice, through surveys and discourse-oriented work, but also by situating direct accounts and instances which develop empirical activities, enacting institutional and inferential means and accounts. In precipitating these new perspectives, practices and representations, we cooperate with ongoing initiatives and communities expanding the theoretical, organisational, capacity and synergy of extra-disciplinary research through art and design.Ground Tests' research actions and material case studies are articulated through three parallel and complementary streams: * Research Stream 1, “Advanced Practices, Becoming” creates opportunities for media and sensory-ethnographic interactions and anthropological learning and collaborations in situ with Project Study Partners and Study Contexts.* Research Stream 2, “Advanced Practices, in Practice” constructs an in-the-wild research field-lab for fieldwork that enacts action research instances at a specific site of contested heritage, ownership, geopolitical resonance and dissonance, and works with communities and publics there.* Research Stream 3, “Advanced Practices, To Come” provides for propositional techniques and new archetypes for the further advancing of practices, and for representing the preconditions, expectations, and consequences surrounding this kind of work to broad communities. The project culminates as contemporary, practice-informed, interventionist fieldworks that enable change and futures for trans- and extra-disciplinary practice-based investigations.GT forms the context for the PhD project of Benoit Verjat. It further enables and formalises working relationships within the EFAP network, and with a set of Study Contexts and Project Study Partners, also beyond this network. The proposed project strengthens ongoing collaborations between Dr. Jamie Allen, EFAP COST Action Swiss Management Committee member and Senior Artistic Researcher at the Critical Media Lab Basel (IXDM, FHNW) and Sciences Po médialab in Paris, through Dr. Ricci and Mr. Verjat.The impact, longevity and diversity of the knowledge practices characterised, circumscribed and brought forward through Ground Tests is assured by its community-concern and reflexivity, listening to, creating and addressing diverse audiences. GT, in conjunction with EFAP, will advance into our uncertain future important, inspired and inspiring new orientations for research, knowledge practices, and change-making.
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