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Abn exploration of the use references in art and design practice.

The use of references is an important part of artistic and design practice. Nevertheless, references are commonly used as a tool during the creative process and as a means of justificati on or contextualisation in the final creation. However, the exact role of the reference within the creative process remains largely unexposed or inarticulate. Thus, when the reference is used as part of a discourse, it often remains unclear whether the reference actually played a substantial role during the creation or design process (post-rationalization). Both aspects, namely the use of references in both creation and discourse, seem to be somewhat affiliated to the use of scientific references. Given the recent 'academizati on' of the arts, a better understanding seems appropriate. This would already benefit the scientific discourse within the practice, education and research. The architecture faculties are subjected to the same academic process and are currently in search of ways to establish design and artistic values within architectural culture in this new environment driven by the scientific mentality of the Flemish universities. The aim of this project is to uncover the use of references as a part of the artistic process and discourse, to open up the conversation, to describe, analyze, compare, demonstrate and define it. We intend to bring the shared epistemic culture of arts and design to the attention of the academic world (Heintz et al., 2004, Kurath, 2015). To this end, we want to interview six artists, including designers, study their works and describe, analyze, contextualize and indicate their use of references. Another ambition of this project is to explore the possibilities and qualities of non-written output in artistic research and design research in architecture. In this exploratory method, in which researcher and research subjects collaborate on a product that serves as a research object, research and result partially coincide. The methodology consist of five steps with corresponding tools: 1. Inspire by means of a literature study and resource study; 2. Visualize and 3. Analyze by using research subjects; 4. Display -by means of an exhibition; 5. Discourse and debate by means of a symposium. The outcome of the project includes: a bundling and analysis of the research material,an exhibition catalog and a panel discussion report (symposium). The intention is to postpone a follow-up, with this project being considered as a necessary preliminary step to develop a method.
Date:1 Jan 2018 →  31 Dec 2019
Disciplines:Architectural engineering, Architecture, Interior architecture, Architectural design, Art studies and sciences
Project type:Collaboration project