The Making Enhanced aims to develop the potential of cross-disciplinary collaboration in the production and dissemination of knowledge. Due to be launched in Autumn 2014, this project will comprise six pairs of designers and historians from various communities of practice, working together on self-led briefs to create a body of work.
We believe unexpected yet more robust outcomes could come from a partnership who share common interests but have different production skills, i.e. writing or making.
We are all researchers, although our processes and outcomes may differ. Historians and designers often work in parallel and feed off each other but rarely meet. Through the Making Enhanced we wish to implement a dynamic, integrated way of working that hacks through this unexplored territory. We will experiment with the ways we usually share knowledge and create meaning – through physical outputs, the written word or images – for whom, and with whom.
Our brief is open collaboration and we aim to provide a research framework that will encourage further collaboration between design and the humanities. The research process will be documented and resulting outputs exhibited in 2015.
The pilot partnerships are :
– Betsy Lewis-Holmes and Tamsin van Essen
– Helen Kearney and Will Fisher (see Save London)
– Justine Boussard and Alice McLean (see Kicked Out!)
– Soersha Dyon and Jennifer Gray (the above image is from Jennifer Gray’s recent collaboration with the archeologists at National Museum of Scotland to recreate a Pictish Drinking Horn – please click here for more details)