Towards a taxonomy of the challenges within typologies of collaborations between Art – Design – Engineering – Science – Humanities – a practical guide

Coordinator: Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a);

Advisory Group: Anna Dumitriu (UK), Lucas Evers (NL), Kaisu Koski (NL/fi), Megan May Daalder (USA), François-Joseph Lapointe (CA), Roger Malina (FR/USA), Frederik De Wilde (BE), Robert Zwijnenberg (NL) and hopefully more experts!

To join please contact Jennifer Kanary at jenniferkanary-AT-yahoo-DOT-com

Collaborations between Art – Design – Engineering – Science – Humanities, have a tendency to look great on paper, sound logical to the mind, but are far from easy to achieve in reality. In spite of good intentions and high motivation, many initiatives become tainted with disappointment. Why is this? Where do such collaborations tend to go wrong? What are the secrets to successful collaborations? What needs to be taken into account? Which aspects facilitate organization? By understanding the complexity of problematic issues that surround such collaborations we hope to begin to build an educational tool that may be used as a practical guide by those who aspire such collaborations.

With this SEAD White Paper we propose to develop an initial taxonomy of challenges involved with different typologies of collaborations between Art – Design – Engineering – Science – Humanities. In order to do this we will develop a questionnaire and put out a call to artists, scientists, engineers and designers, who we hope will share their expertise by elaborating on key aspects of failure and success within their experiences of collaborations. By mapping the challenges within different typologies of collaborations, collaborators may identify themselves into roles and responsibilities with a stronger awareness of achievable aims and results.

We invite all interested to join this working group to develop a SEAD white paper on taxonomies the challenges within typologies of collaborations between Art – Design – Engineering – Science – Humanities; We realize that in rapidly emerging new areas of practice, terminologies and taxonomies also evolve rapidly; this in itself is a record of how the collaborations lead to new trans-disciplinary or inter-discplinary forms. We will in this white paper identify suggested actions concerning the developing of useful taxonomies that clarify the variety of situations, obstacles and opportunities, to facilitate Science and Engineering to Arts/Design/Humanities collaboration.

We invite authors of existing taxonomies or classification systems to contact : jenniferkanary-AT-yahoo-DOT-com

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