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IN/Search RE/Search

Imagining Scenarios Through Art and Design

  • innovative projects by a future generation of artists and designers, that explore what 'research' can bring about, and what the scope and stakes of artistic research can be
  • twelve urgent social themes that articulate the current human condition, scrutinized by upcoming artists/designers as well as journalists and academics
  • inspiring, future-oriented, committed, practice-oriented; written in an engaging manner

Editor: Gabrielle Kennedy
Contributions: Amade Aouatef M’charek, Lorand Bartels, David Bell, Jeroen Boomgaard, Fabrice Bourlez, Rogier Brom, Jane Coaston, Ronald W. Dworkin, Adam Gopnik, Will Grant, Gabrielle Kennedy, Toby Kiers, Matthew Longo, Robert MacFarlane, Deirdre McCloskey, John McWorter, Bart Nooteboom, Daan Oostveen, Jim van Os, Michael Paterniti, Pedro Ramos Pinto, Christopher Robinson, Tim Rogan, Richard Stenger, Doreen St. Félix, Rachel Wiseman, Aiora Zabala, and many artists and designers
Illustrations: Sunjoo Lee
Design: Haller Brun

2020, Valiz with Gerrit Rietveld Academie / Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam|
Paperback | ca. 420 pp. | size: 21,5 x 11,5 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-94-92095-80-0 | € 19,90

IN/Search RE/Search is edited by Gabrielle Kennedy, an Amsterdam-based design journalist. She is currently editor-in-chief of DAMN° Magazine and has contributed to many publications on design, and education.


  • Click here to read the article 'Art and Knowledge Intertwined' by Angelique Spaninks on the Dutch Design Awards website (29 September 2022)

IN/Search RE/Search offers a unique insight into the wide range of appearances of the intersection between art, design and research. The book is organized into twelve substantive chapters: The Anthropocene Epoch; The Climate Crisis; The Coexerced Existence, The Limitations of Language; Facts and Fictions; The Fragile Human; The Instrumentalised Identity; Gender and Violence; The Question of Race; Politics of Public Space; Naked Capitalism; The Morality of a Cyborg. These themes are analysed through art and design projects. The projects are further contextualised by journalistic explorations and academic reflections on similar matters, grappled by varied research outlooks.

By bringing together various practices (arts, design and writing practices and academic research), IN/Search RE/Search shows how artistic research processes are designed and performed. The kaleidoscopic convergence of the featured approaches promises an exciting shift in thinking about how knowledge within the arts comes about, and how this knowledge nurtures daily practice, and vice versa. In this way, this publication discloses methods of thinking and working through which a new generation of artists/designers/researchers is shaping scenarios for the near future.

The core of this publication is formed by various art and design projects by students of the Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Instituut. Many of these projects confuse, blur and confront what is traditionally relevant in research practices. These young artists demonstrate what happens when ideas and practices that seem to be miles apart within the traditional domain of research, are suddenly allowed touch upon and influence each other.

IN/Search RE/Search is intended for anyone who is involved in creative, artistic and academic research and all hybrid forms in between. IN/Search RE/Search is also aimed at anyone who is involved in the way our future is shaped and represented, ranging from policy makers, to teachers, journalists, curators, students and many others: anyone who wants to be part of a nuanced conversation about how we want our future to be shaped.