SoMeTHin'K actively pushes towards the development of methods and models for positive change in society. We test, evaluate, implement, and improve existing methods, techniques, models or d.a.t.a sets generated in fields such as urban development, the public art, design and technology sector, community-based research practice and the global sustainable development area. Where necessary, we re-appropriate methods developed in other disciplines (art & science) for use in the broad field of humanities, or develop our own innovative approach to respond to emerging social challenges, whilst remaining sensitive to quality control and empirical grounding. Our perspective is multimodal in nature, combining numerical, textual, sensory and/or arts-based research d.a.t.a to study complex social phenomena. We develop theoretical frameworks as a basis for how such phenomena can be understood and organized.
We specialize in the development of innovative qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods, with a particular focus on survey, arts-based, place-based, multisensory and futuring research designs as well as qualitative evidence synthesis as a meta-review technique. The team often works from an inclusive, academic activism perspective and contributes to theoretical discussions on quality assessment of research, the role of qualitative and artistic research in an evidence-based discourse, the big data movement, and the potential of creative research dissemination practices.
Design a context-specific, flexible deployable practice/research process, consisting of different arts-based methods to create in group, through embodied cooperation an artistic/creative product in public space that contributes to an increased sense of belonging.
Towards a new understanding of the relationship between narratives and images collected in collaboration with international students.
Discovering and explaining conflicting conceptualisations of reality from different ideological contexts.
A contribution to the ‘Transform the world’ sustainable development goals of the United Nations from an arts-based, decolonial research perspective .
An artistic exploration of the 'shut down' moment. Should it be feared or celebrated?
Exploring the potential of ‘futuring’ as a creative academic scientific approach to develop and narrate activating stories in an urban sustainable development context.
How to reconcile economic interests of policy makers investing in the design of urban neighborhoods and social objectives in developing sustainable urban communities or contexts? We develop innovative models for participatory research that invite a multiplicity of unexpected and coincidental voices.
An experimental platform for researchers and artists to learn from each others approaches and inspire each other in shaping place-based experiential research with an artistic twist.
We call for a renewed attention for the sensorial dimension in research, which currently remains under researched in the context of the entire arts-based research discourse.
How does a typical written master or Ph.D. dissertation fit in a dynamic, ever changing, technologically ubiquitous 21st century? Are we truly, as researchers, using our own creative and technological capacities fully when it comes to conducting research or disseminating our research findings?
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