Artistic Research Practices and Methods in Social Sciences /// 30 May – 14 June 2014
Enclave Gallery · Deptford · South East London ///
work by Visual Sociology PhD students of Goldsmiths /// curated by Katalin Halász
The Future of Art is Urban blends the borders between art and social science. The exhibition presents a wide range of different social research practices in which knowledge is produced through artistic approaches. Participants use the city as a site of confrontation and interaction and invite our immediate reflections.
The exhibition is held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Goldsmiths Sociology, and is organised in celebration of the 20 years of the Centre for Urban and Community Research.
walkabout, foot tunnel, corridor, picnic area, food stalls, round table, police station, prison cell, library, lecture room, meeting space, council room, café, restaurant, workshop space, more corridor (exhibition), heating plant room… here are some images that go along
more on Kate McLean’s sensory maps here (at sensorymaps.com).
from Mediations on making Aaj Kaal by Nirmal Puwar (in Feminist Review 100, 2012, p. 123-140).
“Over the last 10 years, there has been a proliferation of social research using new
media technologies, harnessing a range of materials and devices, including
photography, video, maps and blog diaries (Pink, 2001; Blunt et al., 2003; Rose,
2005; Blunt and Dowling, 2006; Kuhn and McAllister, 2006; Back, 2007). Alongside
the use of visual, audio and digital technologies, there is a steady emergence of
curatorial practices within the social sciences (Latour, 2007; Puwar and Sharma,
2012). Slowly, disciplines are making way for new modes for producing and
communicating research, beyond the flat page of the academic journal article or
book. The dominance of the written script in academia is gradually (and not
without resistance) being accompanied by exhibitions and events, including
theatrical pieces, music performances or audio and visual installations. Today,
these practices are often presented as encompassing entirely ‘new’ directions.
Suffice to say, these practices do not come from nowhere, they emerge from
somewhere. Although it is not always easy to ascertain the creative aspects of
social research in methods books, it is important to register that there have been
significant antecedents to the more experimental approaches currently being
The entire article can be read here: feminist-review
OMA’s Progress has just opened in the Barbican. Even if architecture is not particularly your field of interest, the exhibition is worth seeing for its tactics of data presentation and public engagement. In the following video, Rem Koolhaas guides through the show and refers also to the making of the exhibition, a process of collaboration – he refers to this process as the office’s “surrender” – with the curator team Rotor. The exhibition beautifully shows the potential of ‘curating’, captured in the simultaneousness of things and ideas, their relational stimulation and the possibility to express the processual nature of such simultaneousness and stimulation.
have a look yourself here…
an interview with the curators you’ll find at the Barbican webpage, i.e. here…