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:

31/08/2021
18:00 (UK, GMT+1)

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

Online via Zoom—contact us for the link

The Personal Library of Barbara Hepworth: A Case Study in the Curation and Interpretation of Artists’ Libraries
Clare Nadal
2020
University of Huddersfield and The Hepworth Wakefield

Artists’ libraries are generally an understudied area of the legacy of an artist and have an uncertain status as to both value and use. Taking the case study of the personal library of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, formerly housed at The Hepworth Wakefield, this thesis combines archival research with a curatorial intervention to demonstrate the value of such traditionally overlooked areas of knowledge in the study of both Hepworth’s work, and that of artists more widely.


Integrated Knowledges, Integrated Publics: Classificatory Practices, Boundary Crossings, and Public Space at The Hive, Worcester
Katherine Quinn
2020
University of Warwick and The Hive Worcester
Thesis was a multi-layered ethnography (one year intensive with multiple catch-up visits over 4 years) of a joint-use academic and public library which used lived methods (including dwelling, doodling and ficto-critical description) to examine shifting conceptions and productions of space around hard and soft classifications (public/academic, belonging/non-belonging, private/public, valued/not-valued). The ethnography situated my experience as a “shy researcher” (albeit one with Shy Pride) and developed doodle practices that emphasised inhabiting (the library’s) rhythms rather than—necessarily—directly interacting with it.

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