DISCO* – Creating artistic connective practices through artistic research
Creating Artistic Connective Practices through Artistic Research
Cynthia Hathaway, Elise Wortel
Ontwerp en beeldredactie
Studio Renate Boere
Jaar van uitgave
ORO Grafisch Project Management
Connectivity as a means of doing artistic research
DISCO* – Creating Artistic Connective Practices Through Artistic Research presents the two years (2018-2020) of Cynthia Hathaway’s investigation into the importance of artistic research for Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg (FHK). Through ‘learning by doing’, Hathaway interrogated how artistic academies embrace creativity and collaborative development. In her research, she questioned the physicality of the FHK building and the way in which it is challenging for students to interact with each other and the outside world within the given spaces.
Together with Studio Renate Boere, the magazine DISCO* – Creating Artistic Connective Practices Through Artistic Research has been developed in order to express the important steps which led to introducing the notion of connectivity as a way of doing artistic research. By showing the results of two years full of hosting dinners, gardening together and inquisitive discussions, *DISCO magazine provides an overview of the different actions Hathaway has implanted during her research and what has (sometimes literally) grown out from it. Highlighting the importance of connectivity and responsibility, the magazine expresses the openness of Hathaway’s research to others, and establishes the importance of participation within artistic research today. Her practice-based research informed the framework for the lectorship-to-be ‘Artistic Connective Practices’ (forthcoming 2020) at FHK, Tilburg.