What is xResearch about the be anyway? Let’s start with the definitions! On Wikipedia research is described as the “creative and systematic work undertaken to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.” With my background at the School of Art and Design in the New Media department I would like to add the terms of art-based research or research-based art, also described as artistic research. This kind of research is deeply connected to creating a body of work along or through the research process or the other way around: the ongoing research can shape the artwork or the developing artwork implies the research through exploration and experimentation.
With no underlying ruleset or standards, hierarchy or predefined methods, artistic research is potentially able to take all necessary peers or information into account for its research. This way, we are not directly adding to the traditional or dominating trees of knowledge of certain scientific departments but we play as an important intermediary in the intersection of the sciences.
But speaking of the ex. The prefix ex- can mean “out of”, “from” and sometimes “not anymore” to indicate a former status or position.
Ex or X is also the symbol for deleting through crossing out. For my definition the stylized X is not meant to be excluding but highly including and combining: using the knowledge of multiple, interdisciplinary resources. The X can also be found in the term “crossmedia” which evolved in the 2000s and describes the narration of one story across multiple platforms or formats. By that time, institutions who were specialized on one specific media format were forced by the internet to develop multidirectional media formats with a combination of text, images, footage and sound. But within that they still had to be consistent with their language and visual appearance.
IMHO, the same institutional changes will apply to the fields of research. While speed and complexity of systems are increasing and more and more parallel changes are occurring, especially socio-technological research needs to be more adaptive, collaborative and open than ever before.
And the same will be true for the tools that enable research in the always changing digital environment.
And this is commit #2!