“Through this research we aim to contribute to the understanding of the political potential of artistic and cultural interventions for encouraging critical thinking, new political subjectivities, and socio-political imaginations. In particular, the research will link artistic and cultural practice to emancipatory political theories, critical art theory and political ecology.
Our research is based on a post-foundational and social constructivist epistemological standpoint, positing that knowledge and our understanding of reality is construed in social interactions through interpretative practices. Thus, we understand research as an intentional, reflective, complex and documented process of creating meaning and knowledge that is part of daily life of all people. Our role as researchers is to enable reflection, exchange, new understandings and critique of society, while recording, documenting, and theorising this process.
While our research seeks to apply a specific theoretical approach to artistic and social practice which hasn’t been seen from such a perspective, it is at the same time exploratory research which confronts us with the unknown context, relations and actors. In order to balance theoretisation and exploration, we aim to combine both deductive and inductive logic of research enabling us hopefully to mitigate the categorisation trap (violently fitting reality into a theoretical framework), as well as the idiosyncratic trap (claiming that any kind of generalisation of the findings is impossible). We supplement both of these with the “abductive logic” which, according to (Timmermans and Tavory, 2012, p. 170) refers to “an inferential creative process of producing new hypotheses and theories based on surprising research evidence”. As they explain it, “the researcher is led away from old to new theoretical insights” (ibid.). It requires researchers to reach “a state of preparedness for being taken unprepared” (Reichertz 2007, p. 221). In understanding the potential of artistic and cultural interventions for encouraging critical thinking, new political subjectivities, and social imaginations, we will focus on the case of the Foundation Más Arte Más Acción (MaMa), Colombia.”