Partnership-based research wins hefty grant

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Social sciences and humanities research council awards $2.9 million to 11-university project. The Amsterdam Master of Choreography and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie will participate in the 7 year research project based at Concordia University that will receive $2.9 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


The project, led by Erin Manning, assistant professor in the Department of Studio Arts, unites 11 universities from Montreal to Switzerland to Australia, as well as 17 community partners ranging from visual art collectives to theatre groups.

Titled "Immediations: Art, Media and Event," the project’s central aim is to study research-creation as a form of knowledge production in its own right, explore its grounding and methods, and foster its practice internationally.


Immediations: Art, Media and Event is a seven-year partnership project co-funded by the Canada Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), elven co-applicant universities in Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Australia, and 22 community partners including artist-run-centers, galleries, and art museums. The goal of the project is to investigate the relation between embodied experiences with and through media in different material, digital and urban settings. The project will investigate the problematic of immediation from three intimately connected interdisciplinary angles of research fostering an “ecological” approach to media, art and event. The project aims to foreground a lived immediacy of encounter as core of its research practice and continued development for techniques. Its aim is to extend the idea of the event to further investigate how to enable creative process and how to endure it without becoming redundant or appropriated by a logic of mere marketability. The following three blocks also define the three main periods

which will be followed through over the course of seven years.

1)Recomposing experience (focus Australia, 2013-2014): how do new creative practices reorganize experience and perceptions, and with what social and political ramifications?
2)The Anarchive (focus Europe, 2015-2016): what kinds of archiving and documentation practices are able to capture the innovative force of research-creation activities?
3)Event Ecologies (focus Canada/USA, 2017-2018): what can an expanded notion of the ecological bring to the domain of research-creation and the understanding of transdisciplinary knowledge practice in general?

Overall the project attempts to develop a strong international research network concerned with experimental practices of research-creation as a unique form of knowledge production and aesthetic practice. In resonance with IFCAR’s expertise in artistic research the partnership project will facilitate a strong research context.