Curating Research Seminar

Whilst academic texts, like books, papers and journals, do a good job of being a mothership or bible to underpin research, they do a bad job of catching ones eye, seducing a consumer or getting information efficiently in to the public consciousness. They are but one thing on a huge spectrum of potential research outputs.

Curating Research Seminar

Video

Where photography once overtook painting as the shower of truth, this title is now held by video. We see it used in one way or another by most, if not all disciplines.

Video

Progress and Conservation

‘Humans, culture and society’ (OECD, 2002) only exist because of balance. It is easy to think of research as dealing in innovation (progress), but the more we come to discover about our planet the more it becomes about preservation (conservation) too.

Progress and Conservation

Research Outputs

‘Output’ is a term most commonly used in computing – the transfer of information from internal storage to an external medium. Within the research community it is more often used to describe something that is published, like a book or research paper.

Research Outputs

Accessibility

In their Frascati Manual (2002) the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) suggest research is “creative work undertaken on a systematic basis to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.”

Accessibility

Turns

Taken literally a ‘turn’ is simply a change of direction. If someone gets ‘turned’, they’ve switched allegiances or become open to a new way of thinking.

Turns

Curatorial Dreaming

Beyond survival and power, I see ‘dreaming’ (imagining desirable futures) and problem solving (making improvements) as the drivers of progress, hope and invention in the heart of the modern human.

Curatorial Dreaming

Enlightened Capitalism

Rancière (2009) discusses capitalist modes of production in terms of ‘left-wing melancholy’ and ‘right-wing frenzy’. That despite our best efforts to come up with new and innovative concepts and ideas of production and presentation we are in fact opening up new cracks for exploitation by capitalism.

Enlightened Capitalism

Interdisciplinarity

Disciplinary boundaries are a way of compartmentalising or categorising knowledge and activities to make them easier to manage. They are not based on natural forces, but provide the foundations upon which we build the systems that govern much of academia.

Interdisciplinarity

Comedy

Something that appears to separate humans from other species is our unquenchable thirst for pleasure and laughter. It would be fascinating to know when on the evolutionary timeline animals first started to find things funny, and why.

Comedy