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Thinking Deep-Novel Creative Approaches to the Underground

Descrizione del progetto

Approcci creativi innovativi al sottosuolo

Gli studiosi sostengono da molto tempo la necessità di un’adeguata comprensione del sottosuolo, del suo attuale utilizzo e conservazione e delle sue possibilità future. A tal fine, suggeriscono un approccio interdisciplinare, che spesso, tuttavia, si concentra sull’unione di scienze e scienze sociali. Il progetto THINK DEEP, finanziato dall’UE, mira a espandere quest’approccio combinando pratiche creative (come le arti visive e il teatro partecipativo) con arti e teorie umanistiche come caposaldo di una risposta ai problemi chiave di ricerca sul sottosuolo. La sua insolita ambizione consente a THINK DEEP di offrire un nuovo contributo puntuale e peculiare al sapere sul sottosuolo che trasformerà le direzioni di ricerca future del campo.

Obiettivo

THINK DEEP pioneers a creative practice driven interdisciplinary approach to the underground.
It begins from the dual premise that, firstly the underground (or subterranean) is both the site of current environmental concerns (e.g. extraction), and the setting for developing solutions to these concerns. But that secondly, currently we lack approaches that adequately understand the underground, its current use and conservation, and its future possibilities. Underground scholars have long argued that what is needed is an interdisciplinary approach, as yet, however, where interdisciplinarity has been achieved, it has largely brought together science and social science. Unconventionally, THINK DEEP situates creative practices (such as visual art or participatory theatre) together with arts and humanities theories as the cornerstone of an interdisciplinary response to three pressing underground research problems:
1. How to sense the underground, an often inaccessible environment?
2. How to contend with varied underground imaginations, which shape underground understanding, use and conservation?
3. How to understand the speculative nature of ‘knowing’ the underground?
It will address these problems through global case studies from three fields of underground research: geoscience, underground urban studies, and geoconservation.
Its unconventional ambition enables THINK DEEP to deliver a timely and distinctive new contribution to underground scholarship that will transform the field’s future research directions. Furthermore, the project’s pioneering approach will bring about a step-change in relations between creative practices and research more generally. In understanding and evaluating the creative practice and research relations that sit at its heart, THINK DEEP enables ground-breaking understandings of these relations, and of their profound possibilities with respect to a range of research fields, including those which engage pressing environmental issues.

Meccanismo di finanziamento

ERC-COG - Consolidator Grant

Istituzione ospitante

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 1 940 685,00
Indirizzo
EGHAM HILL UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
TW20 0EX Egham
Regno Unito

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Regione
South East (England) Surrey, East and West Sussex West Surrey
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 1 940 685,00

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