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04.01.21

Small projects for NWA Routes: grant application ACKnowledge approved

Good news! The application from Artists Community Knowledge (ACKnowledge), consisting of three sub-projects, has been approved. The three sub-projects were selected after the online meeting of September 4th by the members of the Art route-steering group and applicants.

ACKnowledge (Artists Community Knowledge) investigates art as an alternative form of knowledge production, as defined as one of the three 'game changers' within the Art route. The subprojects focus on three different art practices: art libraries, artists' self-organized communities/collectives and artists' material craft practices.

The three subprojects deal with the development of new concepts and new knowledge in contemporary art practices that are also potentially significant for other societal areas. Their overarching research question is: How can we reveal knowledge that is embodied in contemporary arts practices and share it with a larger public?

Read more about other projects that are receiving funding within the programme Small Projects for NWA Routes 2020 from the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA).

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).

Collaboration partners: Kunstinstituut Melly/Formerly Known as Witte de With, Het Nieuwe Instituut, De Appel, Casa do Povo, EUScreen, Re:vive, Dropstuff, AVA_net

Artistic research
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.