Superlab

A sandbox for the theory and practice of superdisciplinarity in art and design

This project explores an expanded potential for interdisciplinarity in art and design education through a focus on the underlying features of studio practice. Building on prior research in the area of design theory and philosophy, design for art and design curriculum, and other themes, the project is focussed on proposals for new conceptions of studio-based research. The spectrum of art and design fields have a practical, embedded basis for meaning-making at its core; they are  situated practices. Here we seek to expand  understandings of and develop new conceptions around studio-based research as knowledge-generating practice.

Framework for practice-based research 

Recent work includes an exploration of theory, method, and context in the positioning of studio-based research in art and design, leading to the development of a superdisciplinary framework for understanding studio-based practice, and concurrent plans to undertake experiments in pedagogical superdisciplinarity through a summer intensive.

Sunshine Coast Summer School 2020

This studio intensive will focus on expanding practices around design as translation and place-based design. Working in and through the coastal community of Sechelt, BC, it will engage participants to develop understandings of and responses to the social, cultural and ecological challenges of the area.