Embedded Research Network
To plant: to bring theoretical, live and creative reflexive practices to studies of groups, organisations and institutions.

To be planted: research that grows within living organisations, through people, ideas and their meetings.

To be a plant: researching in the liminal space between inside and outside, covert or overt; navigating and storytelling against/towards academic/practice positions.

Plant is a network to support embedded research within art, architectural and civic organisations. We investigate the creative spaces, objects, and practices surrounding, and produced through, embedded research projects.

This site is a collection of embedded research PROJECTS and associated RESOURCES.

Plant has been established to make the diversity of collaborative hosted relations within embedded research projects visible and explore connections between peer practices. The network aims to critically reflect on the different embedded research positions which have been adopted in relation to non-academic host organisations. With this in mind, a LEXICON of embedded research has started to emerge, allowing projects to be categorised by relationships, methods, collaborators, co-productions, and spaces.

Our working definition of embedded research︎︎︎

Plant started as a series of open online meetings (2021 – 2022). For these, we picked a short reading/ resource/ provocation related embedded research as a prompt for discussion. More recently, our activities have been sporadic, and in response to specific invitations and opportunities – such as a recent article for Sluice magazine.

Please get in touch if you have ideas or would like to do a project/event with Plant.

Acid-Soaked Molluscs: A Xenophoric Approach to Practicing Sculpture and Print
Julia McKinlay
Leeds Beckett University and Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI)

Link to bodies of work︎︎︎

This PhD by practice thesis examines three bodies of work produced while being embedded in the team delivering YSI 2019: Feeling the Underside, an artist’s book; Mollusc Series, a series of etchings; and Coiled in a Single Plane, Skimmed and Separated, an installation.

Moving in and Out, or Staying in Bed: Using Multiple Ethnographic Positions and Methods to Study Artist-Led Housing as a Critical Spatial Practice
Jonathan Orlek
University of Huddersfield and East Street Arts

Link to thesis︎︎︎

Link to Artist-Led Housing: Histories, Residencies, Spaces book ︎︎︎

This thesis is concerned with the provision of housing by artist-led organisations. It is also an embedded ethnographic study of a particular house called Artist House 45, a pilot project located in South Leeds. An understanding of artist-led housing as both collective artworks and interventions within the housing sector is developed. The research explores new strategies, rooted in and among the day-to-day processes of artist-led organisations, for communicating, translating and scaling artist-led housing.

Imperceptible Performance In Lieu of the Art Object, A Practice-Led, Environmental, Research Project
Victoria Sharples
Leeds Beckett University
Link to thesis︎︎︎
This practice-led PhD meditates on post-humanist performativity and ecological philosophies relative to macroscopic and microscopic matter (infinitesimal and international scales), with a focus of economic cycles. The interdisciplinary research included working with participant artists and scientists and non-human performers to produce three works: Aggregates (UK), Watercolour (Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey, South Korea, Svalbard) & Ash (Nepal). Research areas include: new materialism, micro-performativity, (im)materiality, (im)perceptibly, the technoscentific & necro-ecologies/economies.

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