The Department of Search was established in 2014 at Science Park Utrecht. This artist run department experimented for three years with action research interventions to establish new forms of encounters between art and science. This book unfolds the findings and speculate on the potential of a shared space to formulate the fundamental questions of the future.
The Department’s basic procedure is simple: artists thoroughly search University premises and the spaces inside, around and between the buildings, for clues, cues and ideas they can use. They share their findings, models, and ideas for projects with local scientists. A search is conducted for shared values and what they may lead up to. From the intensive adventure will often – there is no guarantee - emerge a wide open panorama of potential, or a collection of debatable futures.
: Carlijn Diesfeldt, Cynthia Hathaway, Melle Smets
Editor: Ed van Hinte
Texts: Carlijn Diesfeldt, Melle Smets, Cynthia Hathaway, Ed van Hinte
Drawings: Melle Smets
Concept / design:
Studio Renate Boere
Photography: Renate Boere, Aafke Holwerda, David van Riel, Jan Scheffe, Melle Smets, Jokko Voogt
Printing & binding
: ORO grafisch projectmanagement / Printing House KOPA
Commissioned by the Aardschap foundation, Utrecht February 2018
This publication was made possible by DOEN Foundation and the Municipality of Utrecht.
© Published by Hybrid Crocodile, 2018