Between 2011 and 2018 two cultural institutions and two universities in Hamburg
have teamed up for an experiment in the growing field of artistic and art based
research: Within the programmes Assemblies & Participation (2012-2014) and
Performing Citizenship (2015-2017) they explored forms and formats of research in
between art, academia and society that was meant to include not only artists and
researchers but also members of other communities, such as kids, neighbours,
activists, citizens and non-citizens of different backgrounds.
More than 30 research projects have been conceived and conducted to
interweave participatory research, participatory art and cultural studies into a
methodology that forms what could be called the Hamburg School of
Participatory Art Based Research.
Ways and formats of research developed within these projects have now been
documented, analysed and evaluated by a transdisciplinary team of researchers.
Are artistic and art based research capable of making research more inclusive?
How to set up sites, how to design processes of collective knowledge production?
How to communicate within and how to coordinate most heterogeneous groups
of researchers? Do these ways of working amount to what has been called
»Advanced Practices« lately?
First outcomes of this evaluation will be published on this Website – focussing on
formats of research which suggest new practices and propagate alternative
realities through their collective and multi-dimensional enactment.
Participatory Art Based Research (PABR) is a cooperation between HafenCity
University Hamburg FUNDUS THEATER / Theatre of Research and K3 | Tanzplan
funded with a PhD scholarship by: