participatory art based research
Is artistic and art-based research capable of making research more inclusive? How should processes of collective knowledge production be designed? How does communication in these processes need to be structured to coordinate heterogeneous groups of researchers? Do these ways of working amount to what has been called “Advanced Practices” (EFAP 2019)?
Between 2012 and 2017, two cultural institutions and two universities in Hamburg collaborated in an experiment in the growing field of artistic and art-based research: Within the programmes Assemblies and Participation (2012-2014) and Performing Citizenship (2015-2017), they explored forms and formats of research in between art, academia and society that were meant to include not only artists and researchers but also members of other communities, such as kids, neighbours, activists, experts, citizens and non-citizens. Fifty research projects were conceived and conducted to interweave participatory research, participatory art and cultural studies into a methodology that created what could be called the ‘Hamburg School’ of Participatory Art Based Research.
A transdisciplinary team of researchers has documented, analysed and evaluated the research formats developed within these projects. The outcomes of this evaluation focussing on formats of research that suggest new practices and propagate alternative procedures through their collective and multi-dimensional enactment.