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Studium Generale

Research Group: All

During this annual event, the lectorates of Caradts research groups present their research. The day-long programme of lectures and workshops is organised for students of St. Joost School of Art, Design & Technology and the Communication & Multimedia Design programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda and Den Bosch. Studium Generale has been organised by Caradt since 2017. The programme is structured in such a way that students are introduced to the research that is carried out at Caradt in an active and investigative way. 

Edition 2017: Into the Wild

During the first edition in 2017, entitled Into the Wild, students together with artists, designers and tutors explored how the context of an academy both imposes limitations and offers opportunities to give meaning to the world outside the academy walls. In interdisciplinary groups, students went on field research or learned from professionals about how they work in the wild. 

Edition 2018: The Defiant Maker

In 2018, during the second edition The Defiant Maker, we explored the question of how defiant designers could be more than hip decorators or clever ‘solution monkeys’. And how defiant artists can play a significant role outside their familiar realm of cultural presentation platforms.

Edition 2019: Out of Order

During the third edition of Studium Generale in 2019, Out of Order, the order of things was critically challenged by speakers and workshop leaders. By critically questioning the natural order of things, in what ways do / can art and design play an important role in the development of society? 

‘People are the product of their relationships with their environment. It’s important to understand how technological developments influence these relationships.’

Michel van Dartel is Research Professor Situated Art and Design at the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt) and Director of V2_Lab for the Unstable Media.

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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, and is a tutor at the Master Institute for Visual Cultures.

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‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’

Elvin Karana is Research Professor of Biobased Art and Design at the Avans and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, leading the research group Materializing Futures at TU/Delft. 

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