“We need to humanise our practices, (...) not just by reaffirming our principles. I believe that this is the only way, if we want to transform fear. We cannot suppress it. It is a bad counsellor but sometimes a good counsellor. We must transform exclusion-fear, fear of the other, into solidarity-fear, and act so that our societies, instead of falling back on themselves and the fear of the other, become open, human communities, confident in their own destiny. And that is the business of us all.(…)."
# PUBLIC SPACES
Beyond the notion of public space, we would, as a consortium, like to go deeper in the process of place-making as a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm, in order to reassess our values, identities, belief-systems, memories, languages, educational systems, artistic practices and social lives (…).
We will consider a broad definition of public space that includes physical and built environments, landscapes and material culture; but also cultural zones, public spheres and “virtual” spaces defined by media, language, ethnicity, shared values, political allegiances, religious identities, creative practices, and communication technologies (European Commission Decision C (2015) 6776 of 13 October 2015).
Creating the process of inquiry, we will explore the concept of placemaking as a social and political concept, which needs to be looked at from different angles and different disciplines. Both artistic and scientific knowing followed by practice will be used to develop methods that best suit each particular research questions. For this reason, we will seek to moderate research process according to common decisions and focusing on a process of creation rather than its materialization in a form of an artwork or an academic text. Demonstration of this process will be integrated in the final outputs of the research and production.
# ART-BASED RESEARCH
A general definition of arts-based research is offered by J. Gary Knowles and Andrea Cole (2008) in the Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research: "[a]rts-based research can be defined as the systematic use of the artistic process, the actual making of artistic expressions in all of the different forms of the arts, as a primary way of understanding and examining experience by both researchers and the people that they involve in their studies" (p. 29). Knowles and Cole (2008) go on to state that arts-based research represents "an unfolding and expanding orientation to qualitative social science that draws inspiration, concepts, processes, and representation from the arts, broadly defined" (Knowles & Cole, 2008, p. xi). This 'broad definition' of the arts is an important factor to consider when examining the current practice of aesthetics within arts-based research. A general understanding of the qualitative research paradigm that led to these broad definitions is useful.