Plant

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 TAXONOMY 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︎︎︎

List of members and affiliations︎︎︎

Next Meeting:

26/04/2022
18:00 (UK)

The network is shaped and organised through open meetings. All welcome.

Online via Zoom—contact us for the link

For these meeting we usually pick a short reading/ resource/ provocation relating to embedded research as a prompt for conversation.

This month: ‘From Practitioner to Practitioner-Researcher’ in Robin Nelson, Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Here is a list of previous and forthcoming selected prompts. We often meet on the last Tues of the month. Let us know if you would like to attend but are unable to make this day/time.A

Acid-Soaked Molluscs: A Xenophoric Approach to Practicing Sculpture and Print
Julia McKinlay
Submitted January 2021
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.



Reading List: Practice as (Embedded) Research
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