Biomodd: The integration of art into transdisciplinary research practices

Ulrike Kuchner*, Mona Nasser, Pieter Steyaert, Diego S. Maranan, Zeynep Birsel, Agatha Haines, Ann Peeters, Angelo C.J. Vermeulen

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In this paper, we argue for the integration of collaborative art practice in transdisciplinary (TD) research to generate ideas and engage researchers and non-academic stakeholders. We draw on the virtual and in-person (hybrid) participation of members of the TD collective Space Ecologies Art and Design (SEADS) during Biomodd, an art installation that addresses global challenges in ecology, humanity, technology, and technological waste. Using survey responses, diaries, and meeting minutes, we reflect on the process, methods and ideation during Biomodd and map them to the concept of the “idea journey” discussed by Jill E. Perry-Smith and Pier Vittorio Mannucci. We find that while in-person ideation was driven by utility, materiality, and emergence, the hybrid mode provided favorable conditions for a feedback loop of expansive, individual experimentation and online sharing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-153
Number of pages10
JournalGAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • art-science collaborations
  • co-creation
  • community art
  • e-waste
  • hybrid creation
  • idea generation
  • innovation
  • transdisciplinary sustainability research


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