Research Exhibition Fault Lines: Some Research Methods in Art and Design

An exhibition of research projects developed in the KABK Research Group 2018

Presented by the KABK Lectorate Design

Opening reception: Friday, December 6, 18:30
(directly after the Fault Lines Symposium )

In this exhibition we present projects developed by the KABK Research Group 2018, which address, through a combination of theoretical, historical and practice-based research, some of the pressing issues of our time, namely: ecological crisis, digital pollution, surveillance infrastructure, coloniality, and affect space.

While some of the artistic outcomes of the research will be on display, the aim of this exhibition has been to extrapolate and make legible the research methods which were used to gather, surface and analyse findings. By methods, we mean the ways one goes about doing research.

Some are personal takes on familiar methods derived from the humanities and social sciences, like interviewing, fieldwork, and text or image analysis; while others, like experimentation with drawing and photography, emerge from the particular sensibilities and material registers of art and design practice.

Some are natively digital like internet scraping, gleaning data from satellite imagery, and the deployment of AR and Machine Learning systems. Others use tactics from activism, like workshop organization, interventions and public debate; others still use fictional and satirical strategies to defamiliarize and destabilise.

By revealing and reflecting upon the normally hidden mechanics and motivations of the research process—the tools and techniques used for gathering, sifting, and evaluating, the references consulted, and the quandaries and breakthroughs experienced—we hope to contribute to the building of a research culture at KABK that is open and imaginative as well as rigorous and robust.

Featured researchers:

Rachel Bacon, tutor, BA Fine Arts

Undermining Value: an exploration of the relationship between mark-making in drawing and in mining in the context of climate crisis.

Eric Kluitenberg, tutor, BA ArtScience, MMus ArtScience, and Interactive/Media/Design

reDesigning Affect Space: finding opportunities for the spatial design disciplines to counter the intense affective exchanges caused by the explosive growth of mobile media and wireless networks in public spaces

Niels Schrader (in collaboration with Roel Backaert), co-head, BA Graphic Design and MA Non Linear Narrative

Acid Clouds: an attempt to portray the environmental and psychological impacts of our ever-accumulating software and data waste through photographic portraits of datacenters.

Rosa te Velde, tutor, BA Interior Architecture & Furniture Design

Design History Fictions: an invitation to critically reflect on the insufficiencies and omissions of “design”—through the eyes of an anthropologist from the 2090s.

Donald Weber, tutor, BA Photography and MA Photography & Society,

The Mechanical Sky: a foray into how photographic practice can be used to understand, and confront, the sky as a new kind of landscape that is politically and technologically mediated by a totalizing, global view.

Closing event: Tuesday, 10 December, 17.00
'In Between Words' book launch

Exhibition design: Judy Wetters
Exhibition graphics: Niels Schrader and Martijn de Heer



6 december 2019 18.30 - 10 december 2019 22.00


KABK Gallery 1, PA.007

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Opening: Friday 6 December, 18:30 – 20.30

Exhibition is open on
Saturday 7 December: 10.00 – 17.00
Monday 9 December: 10.00 – 18.00
Tuesday 10 December: 10.00 – 17.00, followed by the book launch 'In Between Words' (17.00 - 19.00)

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