Research Archive

This Research Archive is part of an artist’s research-led initiative to contribute to the provision of specialist and contextual knowledge and discourse on contemporary cultural practice with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary, collaborative, participatory, socially and politically engaged practices.

Our purpose is to establish a research and participative forum  exploring creative strategies, practice  and the (changing) role of the artist/art in times of transition, both within and without the institution, concerned with the questions raised about the role of art itself, as it engages with other disciplines and other modes of cultural production.

Each research session aim is to address and explore histories, theories and practices associated with critical art practices, art and the political and public sphere  – Introducing historical and contemporary approaches to the public sphere (through the writings, for example of Chantal Mouffe, Jacques Ranciere, Hardt and Negri, Jurgen Habermas) It also aims to engage with current theoretical positions on participative and collaborative practices (Nicholas Bourriaud and Claire Bishop) and intersects with critical debates about working in and with communities (Grant Kester, Jeanne Van Heeswijk and Jean-Luc Nancy, Martha Rosler, Deirdre O Mahony) as well as exploring new trajectories of inquiry with other fields of knowledge production, from urbanism to environmentalism, from experimental education to participatory design… and is relevant to architects, artists, activists, curators, cultural workers, educators, sociologists, geographers and residents.

2012 : December / 2013 : January 

Jeanne Van Heeswijk – The Artist will have to Decide Whom to Serve 

Martha Rosler – The Artistic Mode of Revolution

Gregory SholetteA Proposal for Developing the Visual Arts in County Galway 2002

Claire BishopThe Social Turn – Collaboration and Its Discontents 2006

Grant Kester – Collaborative Art and the Limits of Criticism 2013

Chantal Mouffe – Which Public Space for Critical Artistic Practices, Cork Caucus 2005

A Conversation with Michael Hardt on The Politics of Love


National Campaign for the Arts – Cultural Minister for Scotland Fiona Hyslop

National Campaign for the Arts – Research Strategy

National Campaign for the Arts – Arts in Education Charter

Chto DelatThe School of Engaged Art linked to Anton Vidokle – Exhibition as School in a Divided City

Frances Whithead – The Embedded Artist Project What do Artists Know? 2006

Deirdre O Mahony


Kim Charney – Dissensus and the Politics of Collaborative Practice

Irish Times – President Launches Year Long Debate on Ethics and Society

Bluedrum – City (Re) Searches

Bluedrum video – What is Community Art?

City (Re) Searches Pamphlet: Mary Jane Jacobs – The Purpose of Cultural Agency

Rhyzom – Trans-Local-Act Book 2010


Stephen WrightAs this Conversation Develops how is Traditional Art Affected?

Gregory SholetteSome Call it Art – From Imaginary Autonomy to Autonomus Collectivity – Agitationism

Bassam El Baroni – Three Tenses of the Contemporary – VAI Newsheet 

Narratives of Edification: Art through the Prism of Unconcluded Uprisings


Humberto Vélez – EVA project: The Underdog 

Emelie Chhangar on Humberto Vélez: Aesthetics of Collaboration

Limerick City of Culture documentation on You Tube: The Underdog Project

Anthony Downey – An Ethics of Engagement: Collaborative Art Practices and the Return of the Ethnographer

Third Text – Critique of Relational Aesthetic: Stewart Martin

Claire Bishop – Review in Dark Matter of Artificial Hells; Delegated Performance 

Liam Gillick: A Response to Claire Bishop’s “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics”


Chantal Mouffe – The Future Of Democracy

Vagabond Reviews


Claire Bishop – Radical Museology

Grizedale Arts – Office of Useful Art

Grizedale Arts – Creative Ergremont – A Public Art Strategy

Situations – Claire Doherty 


Maria Lind – The Collaborative Turn, Taking the Matter into Common Hands

Seoidin O Sullivan – Seating System Article in Fugitive Papers 2013 No. 5

Monica Flynn – The Cafe Series

The Militant Research HandBook


Tania Bruguera – Political Art Transforms the Audience into Citizens & Reflections on Arte Util (Useful Art)

Museum Arte Util – Archive of Arte Util

Interview with Joanna Warsza, Manifesta 10 Public Exhibitions Curator

Chantal Mouffe – Artistic Activism & Agonistic Spaces


Jacques Ranciere  – The Emancipated Spectator

Stephen Wright – Towards a Lexicon of Usership

Field – A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism

Paul O Neill & Claire Doherty – Locating the Producers

Jeanne Van Heeswijk – The Blue House


David Harvey – Right to the City

Rosie Webb – The Alternative Governance Lab

CKI, GCCF, GALCA – Creative Communities 2013

The Creative Time Summit Reader 2014


AAA – Paris