How does the researcher’s hand guide materials in efforts to contribute new understandings about the world around us? How does the artist’s practice press into the intuition of scientific research to draw out non-linear truths and trajectories? How does material gain and define meaning through interdisciplinary efforts?
Exploring Research as Craft collaboratively engages seemingly disparate disciplines through craft, material meaning making, and critical response. Academic siloing and the prioritization of jargon over communication endorse strict and disciplined understandings of science, art, research, and craft. Here, we evince the porous and fluid natures of these concepts. We actively call upon shared language and meaningful encounters to establish links between spaces of differently situated knowledges.
As entanglement and productive friction are increasingly recognized as vital tools within collaboration, there is a growing need to develop practices of intentioned engagement. Here, we reveal the visual dialogue that is possible within and among diverse research practices. Individuals from manifold departments at the University of Georgia have brought together their craft to create new media-based languages for personal history-making, speculative organ generation, virtual reality, performance as embodied re-experiencing, and other visually poetic statements for the deconstruction of traditional disciplinary divides.
This pop-up exhibition is the culmination of the project Exploring Research as Craft: A Workshop Series to Promote Cross-Discipline Communication by Examining Processes of Creating to Approach Questions
Exploring Research as Craft is graciously supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) and ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art. ICE is an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at the University of Georgia. ATHICA is a non-profit gallery providing collaborative and community arts space within the Athens, Georgia community.
We thank ICE for its generous support through the 2018-2019 Idea Lab Mini Grant Award. We also thank ATHICA for enthusiastically hosting our pop-up exhibition.
Alden DiCamillo and Cydney Kate Seigerman
List of Participants:
Yana Bonday – Lamar Dodd School of Art
Sydney Daniel – Lamar Dodd School of Art
Jennifer Demoss – Integrative Conservation and Anthropology
Max Farrell – Warnell School of Ecology
Savannah Jenson – Franklin College Department of English
Kristen Lear – Integrative Conservation and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Katharine Miele – Lamar Dodd School of Art
Megan Prescott – Franklin College Department of Microbiology
Micah Taylor – College of Environment and Design
Anna Rose Willoughby – Odum School of Ecology