Exposed Arts Projects is a think-and-do tank that celebrates the power of arts-based research* to produce an informed multidimensional perspective on the contemporary human condition. It is set to nurture an innovative, mindful and just society that is driven to explore the creative alternatives to the status quo.
We are committed to nurturing a constructive discourse about human values* at play in the interconnected, technologically-augmented world. We believe that the switch of the moral compass is needed today more than ever: from assessing what we want and feel — towards establishing why exactly we want and feel something, and why certain things, ideas and practices happen to be more important to us than others. We are particularly interested in exploring how the ethical dilemmas of modern life can be “solved” when the different configurations of values are co-activated.
In line with the THINK part of our mission, each year our research project departs from an ethically complex question and brings together a diverse group of researchers to maintain an inclusive, interdisciplinary mode of knowledge production. In this way, in 2018, we interrogated the contemporary condition of authorship and what it means to create new knowledge as a fluid body or a collective of collaborators; in 2019, we explore the state of power relations and practices of self-empowerment in the contemporary world; in 2020, we will investigate how intelligence can be recognised and understood beyond the anthropomorphic bias.
The DO part reflects the specific way we choose to make our research public: through organising various kinds of educational activities that are relevant to people of different age and background. We facilitate two kinds of engagement: volunteering that enables the members of the public to work together with our team of researchers to acquire practical skills and knowledge; and events participation — such as reading groups, workshops, seminars, Q&As and games.
*art-based research: a definition
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. These inquiries are distinguished from research activities where the arts may play a significant role but are essentially used as data for investigations that take place within academic disciplines that utilize more traditional scientific, verbal, and mathematic descriptions and analyses of phenomena.
- Shaun McNiff, 2008