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Investigative Arts as Grassroots Empowerment to Environmental Research: the Cases of Taming the Forest and xMobil
Peter Purg, 2023, unpublished conference contribution

Abstract: In the current state of multiple and repeating planetary-scale crises, ranging from climate disasters to resource mismanagement, the complexity of problems often takes humanity into exploring unknown unknowns. Through a gradual consolidation of networks and platforms across realms of education, economy and both NGO as well as public cultural institutions, it is especially the media-artistic practice (and discourse!) of the investigative kind that trailblazes possible itineraries and develops (at least speculative) toolbelts for venturing into any kind of livable future, possibly such that might surpass the aporia of the anthropocene and find a new way of making (up to) kin. The selected project cases depict two possible strategic approaches lending well to grassroots initiatives, even if both are embedded within either wide-ranging multi-million supported (structural) platform endeavors, or trans-national programmes such as the European Capital of Culture. An ongoing collaborative process between art and science, Taming the Forest (2022-) is being implemented by a group of students, artists and researchers charting an interdisciplinary cross-field among bioeconomy, cultural history, policy, and art(ivism). Researching the conflicting narratives of history and economy about biodiversity in general, and specifically on forests, the project brought about several public formats such as lectures, video installations and AV performances. The project-as-process shows how different blends of methodologies in artistic-cum-scientific research can become truly relevant for both of their respective realms, opening new creative pathways and pedagogical registers, while repeatedly returning to the local (forest). Moreover, Taming the Forest manifests the need for a new sensibility and complex knowledge, moving beyond the objective study and becoming attentive to different dimensions of research and its outputs that emerge through the introduction of Art Thinking. This becomes crucial in order to tackle the manifold big-scale problems such as climate and biodiversity crises which call for both acting decisively and transforming radically, above all in regards to how we perceive, relate to and manage forests. xMobil (2021-) is a multi-stakeholder prototype development process of a mobile laboratory in a solar-powered car trailer, assembled mostly of salvaged technology parts and reused materials, geared for investigative-art and DIY/DIWO-workshop applications. Empowering creativity and innovation in off-grid public and remote locations, and promoting autonomous art-science practices as well as creative-community projects, particularly in the realm of environmentalism, it combines the work of artists, designers, architects, researchers and engineers who act as mentors to both students and non-formal learners coming from diverse educational programs, both formal and non-formal. xMobil was conceived by a community of developers and future users representing highly diverse sectors, from industry, independent arts production, natural sciences and education (teachers and students), to activism, and even local governance or cultural policy. The contribution will eventually raise the issue of visibility, sustainability and preservation of such transitory projects or platforms, where artistic(-cum-scientific) works are based on grassroots research and experimentation, examining their methodological approach as well as their topic-setting as regards the limits of growth, and not least discussing their costs to social and natural ecosystems, increasingly permeated by technology.
Keywords: art thinking, ecology, bioeconomy, DIY, autonomy, art and science
Published in RUNG: 25.09.2023; Views: 46; Downloads: 0
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GO!BORDELESS in academia and beyond. A crossborder region between Slovenia and Italy, an academic destination par excellence and a European Capital of Culture 2025
Peter Purg, Kristina Pranjić, 2023, invited lecture at foreign university

Abstract: Predavanje v sklopu Erasmus+ akademske izmenjave na Josai University Saitama, Japonska.
Keywords: Čezmejnost, Goriška regija, Univerza v Novi Gorici, sodelovanje med Slovenijo in Japonsko, GO!Borderless, EPK 2025 Gorizia-Nova Gorica.
Published in RUNG: 04.07.2023; Views: 287; Downloads: 0
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Dancing sympathy beyond human failure : Artistic Research as Cosmopolitical Defuturing
Peter Purg, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: abstract The article explores the concepts, tools and methods that may be taken on board by artistic researchers when venturing into uncertain futures. The approaching hay-day of Artistic Research calls for a repositioning of this academic and cultural avantgarde that is assuming real power and must thus take clear opposition against dominant politics and corporate capitalism keeping the human and non-human kinds in perpetual crisis. Next to Science and Technology, Art has finally reached a status of an equivalued cornerstone, and within this level playing field a new research-based approach is needed where power relationships, decision-making mechanisms, dominant narratives or prevalent aesthetics are boldly investigated and critically questioned, (re)instituting the importance of artistic disruption and establishing art-thinking as the key to not only question but also design pathways to meaningful change. Deeply intertwined research methodologies ranging from social to natural sciences, from humanities via (critically reflected) technologies to the (technologically emancipated) arts, should be left to safely mingle and mutually inspire. Rather than colonizing it with yet another false supremacy, we should be learning from the Global South, where collective dancing, storytelling or performing still presents a norm of how to generate new knowledge or reach consensus. Artistic Research can contribute to crafting better worlds even once AI entities get accepted as fellow researchers (if not dancers), their agency reflected in an attitude of radical sympathy (re)instituting care, justice and solidarity by ways of sound research activism.
Keywords: artistic research, interdisciplinary, posthumanism, art-science-technology, critical
Published in RUNG: 15.06.2023; Views: 360; Downloads: 4
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Disruptive Avant-Garde Art of Today: Shaping Post-Growth Imaginaries for Symbiotic Futures
Kristina Pranjić, Magdalena Germek, Peter Purg, 2023, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Keywords: Imaginarij, simbioza, kozmpolitika, defuturing, (od)rast, posthumanizem, intermedijska umetnost, umetniška disrupcija
Published in RUNG: 26.05.2023; Views: 440; Downloads: 0
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To Know a Tree: Symbiotic Mutualism and Artistic Exploration against Anthropocentric Science
Peter Purg, Kristina Pranjić, 2023, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Keywords: Simbioza, kompleksnost, antropocen, znanost in umetnost, art thinking/umetniško mišljenje, drevo, gozd
Published in RUNG: 26.05.2023; Views: 450; Downloads: 0
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NaturArchy 2022
2022, interview

Keywords: JRC SciArt Summer School 2022, art, science, technology
Published in RUNG: 21.04.2023; Views: 362; Downloads: 3
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Crossing Art, Science and Technology for Innovations through Maker Culture and Education
Kristina Pranjić, Peter Purg, Jernej Čuček Gerbec, 2022, published scientific conference contribution

Keywords: Cross-innovation, art thinking, making, interdisciplinary, embodiment, art practice, crafting, innovation, art-sci-tech
Published in RUNG: 06.03.2023; Views: 576; Downloads: 0
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Crossing Over from Digital Practices to Media Arts and into Social Innovation
Kristina Pranjić, Peter Purg, 2022, published professional conference contribution

Keywords: Media Arts, Education, Social Innovation
Published in RUNG: 06.03.2023; Views: 555; Downloads: 0
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Chaos, commons, and relocating the spectral classroom : masters thesis
Owen Moran, 2023, master's thesis

Keywords: chaos, commons, education, chaosmosis, enclosures, enlivenment, adtech, digital milieu, spectral classroom, master's thesis
Published in RUNG: 21.02.2023; Views: 561; Downloads: 0
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Body Borders in _Arts : The Kinaesthetic Self in Performative_ the Social Self in Participatory_ The Electronic Self in Media_
Peter Purg, 2022, unpublished conference contribution

Keywords: body, border, art, participation, electronic
Published in RUNG: 16.02.2023; Views: 491; Downloads: 0
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