A RESEARCH OF DOING (ARD) is a collaborative research-based artistic project that takes a joint publication as the main activity and outcome of the collaboration. ARD is executed throughout two segments of inquiry that are designed to practice, analyse, and document: Researching by practicing—“doing”—and documenting, analysing, and discussing by Writing.

The project teams participate in the research as case studies and also through their practice-led artistic research projects, teaching contributions to the programme.

A RESEARCH OF DOING (ARD) is a AFRICA UNINET Project, supported by OeAD Africa-UniNet and BMBWF.

Research Structure

The research is facilitated by two teams from the University of Pretoria and University of the Applied Arts Vienna in collaboration with the Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Basak Senova, Visiting Professor at Department of Art and Communication Practices at Angewandte leads the research and co-edits the publication in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Johan Thom, coordinator of Fine Art and Postgraduate studies in Fine Art at UP and Bronwyn Lace, Director of the Centre for the Less Good Idea.

With an integrative approach, “The Octopus Programme” of University of Applied Art Vienna and the Centre for the Less Good Idea provide further input to this research.


The partnership, which will be developed through researching and producing together, values and connects the diversities between and/or among interdisciplinary approaches towards artistic research and practices; the various forms of artistic research and practices; divergent perspectives on artistic production methodologies and creative outputs; individual and community-based approaches towards artistic practice and research; diverse socio-political realities and context-specific perspectives; strategies of sustainability; global and context-specific artistic challenges and opportunities; diverse forms of engagement between artists, audiences, institutions, forms of innovative and technology-driven mindsets; and diverse knowledge production models. 

The impact and effectiveness of the programme on the participants and the students will be contextualised and put into perspective by the final publication.