International conference of April 2020 in Hamburg

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 and Performing Citizenship they explored 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.

Methodologies developed within these projects have now been documented, analysed and evaluated by a transdisciplinary team of researchers. This three-day working conference aims to discuss first outcomes of this evaluation, wants to question and position these ways of working in the wider field of artistic research as it is evolving in the European context and confront them with experiences and insights of other experts in the field.

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?

The three-day conference is focussing on formats of research which suggest new practices and propagate alternative realities through their collective and multi-dimensional enactment.

In working groups we will explore and discuss on different kinds of formats, their potentials and limits, including practical, experimental and discursive perspectives. For applications:

The conference is hosted by the research-project Participatory Art-based Research and Knowledge Production, a cooperation by HafenCity University, FUNDUS THEATER / Theatre of Research and K3 – Centre for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg.