The Dutch National Research Agenda (Nationale Wetenschapsagenda, NWA) has an Art route: research and innovation in the 21st century. The route plays a role in organising and connecting the field of art and relevant research, and in this way can also place urgent themes on the agenda. In order to provide a framework for its role, the route has a figurehead, Professor Janneke Wesseling from Leiden University, and a steering committee with a coordinator, Stella Blom.
An important focus point for the steering committee is increasing the likelihood of success of research applications from the Art route. For example, by connecting existing initiatives, placing themes on the agenda and activating the network. The route can fulfil a significant role in the emancipation of the research within and into the arts, and the role of artists herein.
At the start of the Art route, the steering committee has distinguished three game changers, namely
- Arts as a motor for innovation and reflection in a high-tech society
- Arts as an alternative form of knowledge production
- Arts as a source of inspiration for education and lifelong learning
Read more here.
These game changers have now been refined by the steering committee of the Art route in its current composition with a manifesto about the role of art and the artist in the research. The essence of the manifesto is that the Art route considers it important that the concepts of impact and innovation are used in a non-limiting but open manner when assessing research initiatives in the arts. The question is not just; what does art mean for our health, for our safety, for the market? But just as much: what does an art project or a research project mean for the arts? Read more below, under Impact and innovation in the arts.
Overview of steering committee participants:
Janneke Wesseling - Professor in the Practice and Theory of Research in the Visual Arts | head of the lectorate Art Theory & Practice - Leiden University | Royal Academy of Art The Hague | figurehead Art route
Stella Blom - Policy officer Research | coordinator Art route - Amsterdam University of the Arts
Bert Verveld - President Executive Board - Amsterdam University of the Arts | Chairman of the Board, Amsterdam Research Institute for Arts and Science (ARIAS)
Kati Rottger - Programme director Master's programmes Arts and Culture | Head of Theatre Studies degree programme - University of Amsterdam
Sven Dupré - Professor of History of Art, Science and Technology - Utrecht University
Sanne Geelhoed - Junior Policy Officer - Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) | Junior Programme Manager - Taskforce for Applied Research SIA
Janneke van Kersen - Coordinator Topsector Creative Industries - NWO
Dr Ann-Sophie Lehmann - Professor of Art History & Material Culture | Head of Department History of Art, Architecture + Landscapes - University of Groningen
Micha Hamel - Lector Performance Practice - Codarts Rotterdam, University of the Arts | member Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Peter Peters - Endowed Professor of Classical Music Innovation | MERIAN (the Maastricht Experimental Research In and through the Arts Network) Maastricht University
Nirav Christophe - Lector / Professor Performative Processes - HKU University of the Arts Utrecht | Research Group Platform Art = Research
Liesbeth Eelens Noordergraaf - Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab (RASL) | Codarts
Bregje van Eekelen - Professor of Design, Culture and Society | Technical University Delft
Michel van Dartel - Director of V2_ and Research Professor at CARADT | Avans University of Applied Sciences
Heleen Jumelet - Member Executive Board - HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
Paolo Patelli - Associate lector | Researcher - Design Academy Eindhoven