‘To be able to research something thoroughly, you have to deeply engage, not just look at it from the outside.’
Bart Stuart is a researcher at the Cultural and Creative Industries research group and an independent artist.
For Bart being an artist is a political stance. His work moves between art, urbanism and politics. Trained as a visual artist, he works on different forms of art in public space, best interpreted as art in public life. Owing to Bart’s dynamic engagement in the spatial processes that play a role in his city, through trial and error he has built an intimate knowledge of the practices and politics of planning and spatial planning processes.
A question about a social issue triggers Bart’s curiosity and often leads to unexpected collaborations and other insights. Collaboration in Bart’s practice is an important way to get somewhere (else).
Since 2005 he has been working as a duo with Klaar van der Lippe.
Art and Culture in Brabant: Meaning and Possibility
This research project is a direct response to the 2020 coalition agreement of CDA, VVD, FvD, and Lokaal Brabant in which the art and culture portfolio was abolished, and to the discussion that has arisen as a result.
Stuart,B.; Bromet, A.; Dekker, A.; Frissen, R.; Hutak, M.; Idrissi, A. (2021) Expeditie Vrije Ruimte & Verkenning Vrije Ruimte, Officieel advies expert-team voor de Gemeente Amsterdam.
Stuart, B. (aug 2020), Vrije ruimte in Amsterdam?, Amsterdam Alternative, #32.
Stuart, B. & Van der Lippe, K. (2020) Kunst is Lang, Mister Motley.
Olma, S. & Stuart, B. (2020) Kunst en Cultuur in Brabant: Betekenis en Vermogen, Caradt-interne onderzoeksrapportage.
Stuart, B. & Kraaijeveld, J. (2020) Geen Stad Zonder Kunst, Onderzoeksrapport i.o.v. Platform BK & Kunstenbond.
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?Read more
‘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.’
‘As a result of my current research, I ask the students the questions “what is your work” and “what works for you.’
‘Performance is about engaging with versions of the self, stretching the gaze to see what others see when they look at you.’
‘Consumers are creatures of habit. If we want them to break routine and live sustainably, we have to do more than just offer sustainable alternatives. ’
‘Interested in human behaviour as the basics underlying the way we design and innovate our society and economy.’
‘Doing research connects my practice with teaching; it strengthens and brings them closer together.’
‘Nowadays a brand is no longer an instrument of marketing, but it is a symbol for inspiring, meaningfull organisations.’
‘Disrupting our contemporary society can be a serious design goal.’