Arts & Education
While arts and design research is increasingly gaining recognition within European research settings, an equal measure of acknowledgement is yet to happen in the Netherlands. European research funding has been pro-active in galvanizing creative arts and design research initiatives while the key enabler at the national level has only recently integrated the ‘arts as a driving force for research and innovation of the 21st century’ in the Dutch National Research Agenda / NWA. Therefore, this profile area of ARIAS advocates for the relevance of different kinds of knowledge production through the arts, such as knowing through artifacts, design, composition and performance. This development is part and parcel of a shift in scientific research, which is witnessing a ‘practice turn in contemporary theory’: increasing attention to different articulations of knowing and to the methodological significance of material practices and embodied and situated knowledge. Necessarily, this research approach of knowing through the arts is invested in collaborations that bridge academies, (applied) universities, creative enterprises and public institutions. The cluster on ‘art, research and education’ brings together researchers from the five ARIAS institutions that are interested in the way arts and design research can operate at the intersection of cultural production, education and innovation, and explore new connections with scientific research disciplines: in the humanities, economy and technology.
ARIAS wants to consolidate these tendencies by offering a platform for research that will enable PhD opportunities in artistic research and alternative models of research to stimulate the debate on art as a form of knowledge production and its role in society. Presently there are various research groups in Amsterdam facilitating artistic and experimental 3rd cycle and doctorates: practice- and design oriented oriented PhDs at the HvA, doctoral candidates at LAPS at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Third! Program at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (part of DAS Graduate School). Furthermore, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam participates in the international inter-university doctoral programme in musical arts docARTES and Gerrit Rietveld Academy has initiated a new international model to valorise a three-year research trajectory with the title of Creator Doctus (CrD). The first artist Yael Davids started her CrD research in January 2017 in cooperation with the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven.
Another important direction of research in this cluster is the innovations in approaches to education, generated by an interest in different articulations of knowledge production (material, embodied, design and performance related practices). Moreover, with two art academies, several programmes for art education and the national Cultural Participation Fund in Amsterdam, ARIAS has the ambition to extend art research into a variety of pedagogical contexts. For example, by emphasising the capacity of the arts to enhance active citizenship and to develop 21st century skills in the entire chain of lifelong learning: from the renewal of education to the radical transition of artistic professions.
Members of the ARIAS steering committee for this cluster: Marijke Hoogenboom (AHK), Jaap Vinken (Rietveld), Michiel Koelink (AHK), Mieke Bernink (AHK), Emile Heijnen (AHK), Melissa Bremmer (AHK), Nelleke Moser (VU)
Why is Arts & Education important for ARIAS?
Amsterdam Research Institute of the Arts and Sciences
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