Knowing, creativity and experiment

Knowing, creativity and experiment

How can we creatively and experimentally intervene in ways of knowing the world? What can we contribute to understandings of past creative or experimental traditions, including ones producing scientific, therapeutic or activist knowledges? What sorts of links can be forged with current practitioners in creative, environmental, participatory and public arts?

The human geography group is widely recognised for ground-breaking engagements with artists-in-residence, a track-record of innovative interdisciplinary research setting standards in arts and humanities research, and forging distinctive links with practitioners and community organisations in, environmental and public arts practices. Through academic and non-academic publishing – and by way of spoken and co-written words, film, theatre, performance and body work, musical composition, audio recording, public broadcasting, museum collections, visual art and storytelling – we are working the ground between academic geography, impactful collaborative partnership and forms of critical creativity.


We are committed to thinking critically about the social situations, and spatial relations, that enable experiment, expression and display in science, the arts, and the sites where these cultures converge. Our approach to methodological design pushes at disciplinary ‘norms’, questioning conventions, exploring limit points and queering practices, ranging from the creative arts to medical humanities to archival science and the ethnographic tradition. We also attempt to bring the world to life through research that challenges conventional understandings of geographical inquiry, engagement and education, thereby creating novel and vital ways to animate human lives, past landscapes, earthbound forms and atmospheric phenomena.