We are delighted to share with you the presentation from H Howitt, Intimacy as Method, at the panel presentation and discussion, Methodological Entanglements: Creative and Radical Methods in Brighton’s Post-graduate Community. This panel was a part of the Creative and Radical Futures symposium: Collaborative research in arts & science, University of Brighton which took place online, on 5th July 2021. The discussion was co-organised and facilitated by the Radical Methodologies Research and Enterprise Group (RaMREG). Thankyou H for this fantastic presentation, and to Jordan and Rebecca for the insightful discussions and conversations. Further details of the panel are below.
Methodological Entanglements: Creative and Radical Methods in Brighton’s Post-graduate Community
“Both Art and Science can be understood as human needs to express the world around us. Both require suspension of disbelief, offering speculations about our physical and immaterial reality prior to proof. And both—as has been the case since the painting of the Chauvet Cave some 40,000 years ago—have no rules and no boundaries. The artists who produced these paintings did so in order to first face, then make sense of, their reality. We do Science with precisely the same motivation.”
Neri Oxman. “Age of Entanglement.” Journal of Design and Science (2016). https://doi.org/10.21428/7e0583ad
While methodological commitments sometimes separate disciplines, questioning method in radical and creative ways can connect and entangle otherwise disparate enquiries. This panel explores how creative and radical methods are being applied, developed, and disrupted within the University of Brighton’s vibrant postgraduate community. Through this lens we explore a variety of methodological debates and issues, problematising method/ology within different disciplinary perspectives, and considering how methodological issues and frameworks translate into research practices on the ground.
The panel consisted of: Rebecca Winter (Brighton and Sussex Medical School); Jordan Whitewood-Neal (School of Architecture and Design); and H Howitt (School of Humanities and Social Science), and was organised by Helen Johnson (Principal Lecturer in Psychology and incoming Co-Director of the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing), Sally Sutherland (Design Star Doctoral researcher, Radical Methodologies Research and Enterprise (RaMREG co-founder)), and Ben Sweeting (Principal Lecturer in Architecture and Design, Radical Methodologies Research and Enterprise (RaMREG co-founder)).