In/Search Re/Search

Imagining Scenarios Through Art and Design

‘IN/Search RE/Search’ offers a unique insight into the wide range of appearances of the intersection between art, design and research. The book is organized into twelve substantive chapters: The Anthropocene Epoch; The Climate Crisis; The Coexerced Existence, The Limitations of Language; Facts and Fictions; The Fragile Human; The Instrumentalised Identity; Gender and Violence; The Question of Race; Politics of Public Space; Naked Capitalism; The Morality of a Cyborg. These themes are analysed through art and design projects. The projects are further contextualised by journalistic explorations and academic reflections on similar matters, grappled by varied research outlooks.

By bringing together various practices (arts, design and writing practices and academic research), ‘IN/Search RE/Search’ shows how artistic research processes are designed and performed. The kaleidoscopic convergence of the featured approaches promises an exciting shift in thinking about how knowledge within the arts comes about, and how this knowledge nurtures daily practice, and vice versa. In this way, this publication discloses methods of thinking and working through which a new generation of artists/designers/researchers is shaping scenarios for the near future.

The core of this publication is formed by various art and design projects by students of the Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Instituut. Many of these projects confuse, blur and confront what is traditionally relevant in research practices. These young artists demonstrate what happens when ideas and practices that seem to be miles apart within the traditional domain of research, are suddenly allowed touch upon and influence each other.

‘IN/Search RE/Search’ is intended for anyone who is involved in creative, artistic and academic research and all hybrid forms in between. ‘IN/Search RE/Search’ is also aimed at anyone who is involved in the way our future is shaped and represented, ranging from policy makers, to teachers, journalists, curators, students and many others: anyone who wants to be part of a nuanced conversation about how we want our future to be shaped.

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