Seven research projects have received total funding of nearly 3 million euros with the aim of making connections between innovative artistic and cultural practices on the one hand, and scientific and societal issues on the other. The projects have been funded under the unique research programme Smart Culture – Art and Culture. The programme is a joint initiative of NWO Social Sciences and Humanities and the Taskforce for Applied Research SIA.

One of the rewarded projects is ‘Contemporary Commoning: Investigating the role of art and design in creating spaces for public action’ by Jeroen Boomgaard (Gerrit Rietveld Academie), Claartje Rasterhoff (CREATE, UvA) and Robert Kloosterman (UvA). This research focuses on the ways the notion of ‘the commons’ can contribute to new forms of (digital)
public space and initiate different forms of urban development, while taking the potential contribution of design and art towards processes of ‘commoning’ as the main point of departure.

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Congratulations Claartje, Robert and Jeroen!