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ACPA research honored for NWO Smart Culture

Seven research projects have been honored in the unique researchprogramme Smart Culture - Arts and Culture. The successful research projects have one purpose, which is proving the connection between innovative artistic and cultural practices, scientific and social issues.

Bridging art, design and technology through Critical Making

The grant, which is part of the research programme Smart Culture – Art and Culture, allows the applicants to realize a four year research project which aims at furthering the discourse of Critical Making. Under the supervision of the senior researchers affiliated with the institutes involved, a PhD candidate and three junior researchers will work on four subprojects and will be stationed at one or several consortium partners.

One of the approved projects is Bridging art, design and technology through Critical Making of our professor Prof. dr.  Janneke Wesseling and dr. Florian Cramer (Willem de Kooning Academy).

Janneke Wesseling: ‘’In this project, we start from the concept of Critical Making to build bridges between the currently distinct discourses of art, design and technology, and between creative practice and critical reflection. At the same time, the honouring of this research application – in which artistic research is the methodological starting point – will give a push to the development of the position of research in and through the arts’’.

Artistic research

The studies will have a specific focus on the position of the creator. This is evident from the fact that artistic research is used in some of the granted projects as a research method.

Collaboration university and college

Another special feature of  the program is that it provides a platform for a cooperation between universities and colleges.  In all seven granted proposals both a college and a university is involved.

Smart Culture – Art and Culture

Smart Culture – Art and Culture is one of the research programmes within the topsector Creative Industries. The research programme is a joint initiative of NWO Social Sciences and Humanities and the Taskforce for Applied Research SIA. It intends to make a contribution to strengthening the creative sector by financing joint research between universities and universities of applied sciences. Another aim is to foster more effective public-private collaboration.