Remaking Research Symposium - November 1 – 3, 2012

With Debera Johnson, Sanjit Sethi, and Ezri Tarazi; moderated by Rosanne Somerson.

Within art and design institutions a variety of models for inter–disciplinary, industry–sponsored, and community–based research have emerged that hold great potential for building infrastructure and “best practices” to support collaborative and partnered research. At the same time, these approaches raise a range of practical and ethical questions regarding, for instance, the educational benefits and ethical challenges of collaborating with industry, and broader concerns regarding the ways in which creative research is used, credited, and (occasionally) monetized within these “partnered” relations.

Rosanne Somerson received her BFA from RISD in 1976 and joined RISD’s faculty in 1985. After serving as interim provost for the 2011–12 academic year, she has been appointed provost effective July 1, 2012. In addition, she served as interim associate provost for Academic Affairs from 2005–07. After a sabbatical in 2007–08, Somerson resumed her position as professor and head of Furniture Design. From 1985–95 she ran the MFA Graduate Program in Furniture Design in Industrial Design, and from 1995–05 was head of the newly formed Department of Furniture Design at RISD.

Rosanne has exhibited work extensively throughout the US and internationally in museums such as the Louvre in Paris and in numerous major international museums and exhibits. She is featured in many books and publications, and is included in a host of private, corporate and museum collections, notably the Smithsonian American Art Museum as well as Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Yale University Art Gallery, the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama, the Fuller Museum of Craft in Massachusetts, The Smith College Museum of Art, and the Museum of Art, RISD.

Debera Johnson leads Pratt’s commitment to integrate sustainability into academics in her role as Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Design Studies (CSDS). Founded in 2008, the CSDS interdisciplinary thesis lab supports industry based research projects in design, architecture and urban planning. The CSDS is the campus resource for sustainable design and has published open source evaluation tools and programming, workshops for faculty development, and documented case studies by students, faculty and alumni. The CSDS is also resource for K-12 educators in the NYC region.

Debera coordinates the groundbreaking Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability (PALS), a cohort of educators that represent 33 independent art and design colleges across North America. The PALS fellows have are actively collaborating to advance sustainability in art and design education by creating events, exhibits and processes that share and leverage their collective resources.

Sanjit Sethi’s work focuses on issues of trauma, culture and community collaboration and the ways that art, design, and architecture can be utilized to

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Remaking Research Symposium - November 1 – 3, 2012

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Hosted by Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, Remaking Research is a “working symposium” centred on the pragmatics and possibilities of creative…

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Hosted by Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, Remaking Research is a “working symposium” centred on the pragmatics and possibilities of creative practice as research, both within art and design institutions and in the context of interdisciplinary, inter–institutional, and partnered relations.

Investigating the philosophical provocations provided by human–centered, expressive and experimental approaches to knowledge formation and critical inquiry, this gathering will be centred around a series of primary themes and workshops, with the intent of sharing existing knowledge, showcasing new projects and contemporary methodologies, and addressing practical and ethical concerns involved in building successful research partnerships.

The Production of Knowledge in Art and Design -

The Political Economies of Art and Design Research
Networked and Partnered Research Practice -

Emily Carr gratefully acknowledges the support of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and GRAND.

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