Wednesday, August 1, 2012

[Yasmin_discussions] on the need for conceptual clarity and taxonomies


I very much agree with you that we need some conceptual clarity=

not all science/engineering to arts/design/humanities collaborations
face the same obstacles and that there is much over generalisation

i think i mentioned before that within the sciences we need to distinguish
between observational, experimental, theoretical sciences

its not the same thing for an artist to collaborate with a theoretical
cosmologist, a field biologist or an optics researcher

same goes within the arts= the time based arts from music to theater etc
which are performative necessarily face different obstacles in collaboration
than arts which are media based ( painting, sculpture, new media art etc)

there have been a number of taxonomies in art and new media published

( louise poissant did a great job on media arts terminology

robert root bernstein has done some taxonomy work = an did a little
blogging also :

and over the years leonardo journal has published a number of taxonomies

why dont you organise a SEAD white paper on the need for taxonomies
and associated conceptual clarity re S/E toA/D collaboration obstacles
and opportunities

am happy to be on your working group and we can maybe convince louise
poissant to advise and maybe there are people on this list would
be interested in being on a working group


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a) <>
Date: Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 2:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Yasmin_discussions] self introduction

Dear All,

Perhaps it is useful for us to create a taxonomy of the different
types of collaboration and write where which problems occur, so that
solutions may be collected. I'm sure others will have written about
this, but just to summarize a rough initial list:

1) Collaboration to illustrate science (here science commissions
artists to help illustrate, often as translation to the general

2) Collaboration in which artists in labs 'playing' with the 'fun
things' one finds in labs (in search for for instance new aesthetic)

3) Collaboration with actual integration of methods (may include all
aspects of the above) - This I would refer to as artistic research or
art research

- led by individual artist (where scientists are advising collaborators)

- led by scientist (Where artists are advising collaborators)

- led by an artist and a scientist in a team

* methods are very different when collaborating with humanities or
engineering - different methods, different problems...

4) Network collaboration

- corporate collaboration (funds, knowledge production)

- organizational collaboration (non-profit funds, PR)
- institutional collaboration (PR, presentation locations)

5) Institutional Collaboration (when the initiative comes from a university)

* the very real issues that happen related to time organization etc

To be clear on the different types of art research-artistic research,
here is a small list I once put together to explain the different
types of students that participated in the Honours Programme Art and

5 Types of Participatory art research-artistic research students
1. A university student interested to get closer to art with the
interest of gaining depth and new perspective in relation to their own
discipline. Participating observer.

2. A university student who is interested in the integration of
artistic methods without aspiration of making art. Integrating
artistic methods as an enrichment of academic methodologies. Art
without the artist. Methods of re-enactment.

3. A hybrid student. One who seeks new forms of knowledge production
combining artistic and academic methods aiming for the highest
achievements in both methodologies.

4. An art student who wants to get closer to the theories that are
related to his work. Aims for high artistic achievement. Knowledge
development is Secondary.

5. An art student who wants to get inspired by academic theories. To
get closer to science. Theories are applied to suit the artist and are
not tested or analyzed for truth.


Jennifer Kanary

Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a)| Artistic Researcher
PhD Candidate Plymouth University | Planetary Collegium | M-Node |||| @roomforthoughts
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