Touching as a Research Method in Art and Design
Alice Twemlow in conversation with Laura van Santen
In its second edition of KABK Art and Design Research Practices, the Design Lectorate focuses on how research is conducted through and with materials and matter. As with the previous edition, which focused on walking as a research, the project comprises a video-interview, an exhibition and a publication.
Earlier this year the Alice Twemlow visited Laura van Santen at Cor Unum Ceramics in Den Bosch, one of the few ceramic workshops in the Netherlands that produces contemporary ceramic design in collaboration with (emerging) designers and makers. She wanted to learn about the role of matter, material and touch in Laura’s research and teaching. Starting from the specific example of the glazed ceramic tiles van Santen is developing at Cor Unum, the conversation extended to topics such as experimenting with ingredients and processes, working with waste and embracing unexpected outcomes.