A Two-day Online Seminar on Transdisciplinary Teaching was held on April 22 & 23, 2021
How can different disciplines work together to exchange knowledge and promote emergent transdisciplinary ways of thinking and practising? This two-day seminar brought together teachers from various disciplines to share experiences, methodologies, and practices which foster transdisciplinary learning. It explored the conditions that make transdisciplinary education possible, the skills and approaches necessary, the challenges faced by teachers and students, and the immense potentiality of working across disciplines on shared research projects.
Sessions & Contributors:
Boundary Work: The Score: Dr. Josué Amador
Collaborations between the arts and sciences explore, challenge, sidestep, and transgress boundaries. Such boundaries demarcate a dynamic, shared space of exchange and negotiation within which we can move and compose with the different material, social, and conceptual concerns of disciplines, techniques, and methods. In practice-led workshops, we have introduced and experimented with “boundary work” through the compositional modes of verbal notation and scoring. We see scoring as a way to collaboratively develop proposals and actions within transdisciplinary art and design education, as well as a way to gain perspective on some of the ecological, social, and cultural challenges we face in the present and future.
Sound, Collectivity and Aimlessness: The productive effects of process-oriented collaborations: Sonia de Jager and Martina Raponi
Sonia de Jager and Martina Raponi talked about their proposal for a research cluster within RASL.
The aim of the research is to generate strategies for active spectatorship and to think about innovative ways in which to mobilize music in new sociopolitical directions, as well as produce as results meaningful exchanges between experts and audiences with different backgrounds and with different relationships with sound and music (e.g. including people from the Deaf spectrum in the context of the sonic; treating collective intentionality as an avenue towards new knowledge; working with experts ranging from neuropsychology to physiotherapy). The research wing attempts to inspire new musical directions; bridge social dialogues; challenge the confines of politics and musicology and develop stronger motivations and ways to take social action.
Sonia de Jager (Argentina) is a PhD researcher in AI at ESPhil, a tutor at the WDKA and a member of NRU.
Martina Raponi (Italy) is a writer and artist researching noise and complexity; she holds a Bachelor in Humanities (University of Padua, Italy), a Master in Art Mediation (Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, Italy) and a Master in Fine Arts (Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, Netherlands). Together with artist [M] Dudeck, Martina founded the Ansible Institute, a transitory speculative fiction laboratory. She is an art theory tutor at the Willem de Kooning Academy and member of NRU. She is working on her second book UNHEARD.
The MA in Transdisciplinary Studies at Zurich University of the Art: Prof Irene Vögeli
The MA programme links various disciplines in the arts and design, the sciences and everyday life. It enables students to work in cooperative constellations and develop new and interdisciplinary methods and formats using critical and reflective approaches.
Annex: The Anatomy of a Transdisciplinary Research Project: David Capener
While transdisciplinary research can provide methods that provide insights into the wicked problems of contemporary situations, the process of negotiation between disciplines to achieve successful outcomes needs special attention.
Annex is a collective of architects, artists, and urbanists with independent research and teaching practices who will represent Ireland at the 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2021 with an exhibition entitled Entanglement that examines architecture and data assemblages, exploring how design can meaningfully respond to the impact of data infrastructures and networked technologies, the ways by which they are imagined, the spaces they create, and the ways they connect to our habits and desires.
The session examined how six individual and very different practices came together to produce transdisciplinary insight into the wicked problems of data infrastructure and climate change.
Annex members and TU Dublin researcher David Capener presented the project.
David Capener is a theorist, educator, writer, architect and designer. He is a founding member of Annex an international research and design collective of architects, artists and researchers who will represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2021
More on David Capener.
Where is the Internet? Dr. Paul O’Neill
There was also an intervention by Dr. Paul O’Neill, an artist and researcher whose practice includes guided tours of the physical infrastructure of the internet in Dublin.
Paul O’Neill’s research focuses on tactical media, media archaeology and hacktivism. Read more about his guided tour of Dublin’s Physical Internet Infrastructure.
Interactive Participant Workshop using Mural: facilitated by Sinéad McDonald
On the second day of the event, participants worked with keywords generated by the series of interviews, generating a new iteration of thematically clustered texts. Here you can explore how guests and facilitators mapped interrelational densities. You can view and navigate the results below. This work steered the research for the group and went on to populate the second intensive study workshop held in Dublin in May 2022.
Renée Turner in conversation with
Sami Hammana about the RASL Minor
Sami Hammana discussed the RASL Minor, the preparatory work done to initiate it, and how tutors, in tandem with students, navigated the perils and pleasures of transdisciplinary learning. The Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab (RASL) offers the minor ‘Re-Imagining Tomorrow through Arts & Sciences’ – an innovative educational programme across disciplines that disrupts existing structures, approaches, and ways of thinking. Students work in transdisciplinary teams across arts and sciences to re-imagine a self-selected complex societal problem framed by notions of collaboration, equality of knowledge, and engagement.
Sami Hammana holds a BA Honours in Product Design from the Willem de Kooning Academie and a MA with distinction in Research Architecture at the Department of Visual Cultures Goldsmiths University of London. Sami has been teaching in and coordinating the Honours Programme at the Willem de Kooning Academie since 2019. More about Sami Hammana’s work can be found here.