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Artistic Practices in Shared Spaces

Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

This research critically explores “creative placemaking,” a practice that involves artists, designers, or cultural producers in urban development processes. However, the use of placemaking gives rise to various ethical implications, preventing dilemmas from being effectively addressed. This may potentially lead to additional issues such as phenomena like gentrification and socio-economic elitism. The goal is to understand the roles of artists within these processes and the (ethical and artistic) challenges they face. Posed questions include:

  • What space can artists create in a public realm in response to counter challenges within urban development?
  • How is the desire for collectivity in public space understood, and how are issues of inclusion and exclusivity addressed?
  • How do these questions impact artistic education and social practice?

The aim of the research is to understand how artists respond to the challenges and dilemmas of urban development.

‘Within my practice I create spaces for introspection while exploring ethical dilemmas. ’

In 2017, I graduated from St. Joost in Den Bosch, and I hold a Master’s in Applied Ethics from Utrecht University. Presently, I work as an artist, am an active member of the YAFF art collective, and concurrently serve as a lecturer.

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‘As a result of my current research, I ask the students the questions “what is your work” and “what works for you.’

Rob Leijdekkers is a researcher at the Cultural and Creative Industries research group and a tutor at the Art & Research programme at St. Joost School of Art & Design. 

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‘Our research group investigates the role artists, designers and cultural producers in general can play in developing the aesthetics and poetics of a desirable future.’

Sebastian Olma is professor Cultural and Creative Industries. He works for the Expertise Centre Art, Design and Technology.

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Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

The research group Cultural and Creative Industries investigates the role of artists and designers as creative innovators and drivers of social and economic change. Affiliated researchers analyse the cultural and creative industries from a critical point of view and examine the conditions under which timely forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness can actually take place within the precarious reality of this field. What economic models are required by artists and designers to create a meaningful practice within the aesthetic, social, and economic intentions of the cultural and creative industries? What skills sets are required for those artists and designers who don’t just want to follow movements, but actually shape novel social and economic models of the future?

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