Art and Society

Interdisciplinary and expanded art practices are a distinctive research strand at CREAM. Explored through performance, installation, and ceramics, and between art and science, the diverse practices of CREAM researchers in this area are drawn together for their emphasis on critical and collective engagements with the question and role of art and society.

Often working in contexts and with contributors from outside more traditional art fields, Art and Society research projects have a strong material focus in the field of expanded ceramic practices, which include installation and performance practice and criticism in contemporary theory and practice. Research grew out of Harrow’s 1960s ceramics course and now provides a bridge between normative ceramic concerns, arts and science disciplines. In 2010 the group set up a Ceramics Centre, (hyperlink) building on the strong profile of its members and their international activities.

Forging creative links and partnerships between art and science is also integral to the research in Art and Society, through which timely questions might be posed about current global and societal instabilities. Collective events such as ‘Assembly: Planetary Perspectives’, in association with Arts Catalyst, address how art might propose new methodologies for planetary health. Alex Wright’s engagement with health professionals through the ‘Heart Project’ offer new ways of understanding and furthering research into donors’ experience of heart transplant, whilst A Feminist Chorus events orchestrated by Lucy Reynolds explore historic models of feminist collectivity for a contemporary context.

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