The research work at Inter-Actions mainly zooms in on research and creation where the relationship between the maker (designer, animator, filmmaker, etc.), the created artefact (film, photographic work, etc.) and the 'audience' (the user, the viewer, etc.) is questioned.
By separating “inter” from “actions”, the unit stresses that its research wants to stimulate people “acting (actions) together (inter)” in cross-disciplinary or participatory set-ups.
The academic orientation of this research guarantees that more fundamental design and artistic research can be performed that does not need to be immediately valorised in the market and thus may lead to unexpected results.
At the same time, the hands-on character of doing applied “design and artistic” research makes their research relevant for cultural, industrial,... professionals.
One of the designs created by the cluster sustainability. This image shows a prototype of a shoe using ‘waste’ of old tires, thus focusing on the ‘circular design’ potential of our environment.
Most researchers, designers and artists active in the research unit are based at Campus C-Mine (Genk).
The research unit comprises 7 research clusters:
Image from the project NIMBY - part of the sustainability-cluster.
Rita Maldonado Branco
Teis De Greve