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Renée van Oploo

Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

‘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.

My artistic endeavors create immersive spaces designed for introspection, providing an opportunity for contemplation, reflection, and responses to issues related to subjects such as the living environment and ethical dilemmas stemming from them. Simultaneously, I delve into the interactive elements of these spaces, emphasizing the crucial role of audience involvement, participation, and collaboration. Through shared experiences, I try to uncover what symbolizes our time, examining how we perceive our surroundings amidst contemporary dilemmas.

An integral aspect of my practice involves being part of the art collective YAFF (2017).arrow Within this collective, we delve into artistic research, exploring diverse topics including environmental law and participation, vacation and relaxation, climate and the future, the housing crisis, CO2 emissions, and nuclear energy. These subjects significantly shape our lives both presently and in the future. We respond to this through varied working methods, encompassing recycling, building, writing, speaking, sewing, moving, embodying and creating.

Artistic Practices in Shared Spaces

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.

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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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‘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.’

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‘‘How will our graduates make a living without selling their soul?’’

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‘In social and cultural research there is increasing importance in research methodologies and devices that cut across fields and disciplines, becoming transdisciplinary.’

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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.’

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‘How can we disrupt the notion of being human while staying true to being humane?’

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‘How do we live together, how do we work together? How do we give shape and form to ‘being together’ in the broadest sense?’

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‘Interested in human behaviour as the basics underlying the way we design and innovate our society and economy.’

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‘Disrupting our contemporary society can be a serious design goal.’

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‘Performance is about engaging with versions of the self, stretching the gaze to see what others see when they look at you.’

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‘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. ’

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‘To be able to research something thoroughly, you have to deeply engage, not just look at it from the outside.’

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‘Doing research connects my practice with teaching; it strengthens and brings them closer together.’

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