Team: A/Prof Krisztina Valter, A/Prof Alexandra Webb, Ms Elisa Crossing, Dr Lillian Smyth
Photo by Alice Dietrich Unsplash
Good research requires experimentation, exploration, iterative work and collaboration. These principles are the foundation of both visual arts practices and scientific approaches. However, they are not supported, or rewarded, in higher education contexts. Typically, during university education, there is a strong focus on facts and concepts, with progress being measured by traditional testing, with the associated requirement for a ‘correct’ answer. The rigidity of such an environment does not reward creativity, openness to uncertainty or exploratory approaches, and the result is that often graduates are no longer capable or comfortable engaging creatively with a problem or idea. Through an educational approach built on unfamiliarity, collaboration and interdisciplinarity, this project is an innovative solution to a systemic problem.
Watch this space.