Call of Papers: Knowing (by) Designing

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Research in creative disciplines reaches far beyond the conventional understanding of what knowledge is and what it is meant for. Practicing arts, design, music or architecture, when conducted reflectively, naturally involves types of knowing that, unlike in exact sciences, are based on individual, subjective interpretation of the context within which the designer/artist works. As such, the critical reflection of the artist on his/her own practice makes it more coherent, better, influential, unique. At the same time worthwhile chef-d'oeuvres, works of art, designs essentially extend and enrich our understanding of the world.
The conference "Knowing (by) Designing" strives to explore the developments in research evolved around creative practices – specifically focusing on architecture, design, arts and music. It is the third conference in the cycle starting with "The Unthinkable Doctorate" in 2005 and successfully followed by the "Communicating (by) Design" in 2009 at the Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Brussels.
The 2013 event will aim to investigate ways in which creative processes and activities develop all possible aspects of knowing.

The conference organizers welcome all relevant contributions, from academia as well as from practice, that address the conference theme, from the fields of architecture, design, arts and music. The submitted abstracts will be double-blind reviewed and all self-identification information will be removed before the review.

Proceedings of the conference will be published as a book.
Prof. Johan Verbeke
Conference Chair

Conference Topics
During the conference various aspects of development of knowing through creative practices will be discussed, including the following:
  • Aspects of improving the artist's "own" awareness of his/her own practice and the knowledge it incorporates;
  • Aspects of insight, understanding and knowing in the work;
  • Discussion of the processes of making the work/design/music in the context of own and other practices;
  • Discovery/definition of values in the process of designing/making/doing/performing;
  • Implications of uncovering the aspects considered as tacit;
  • Exploration of the tension between the understanding and emotional experience of the work of art or design;
  • Forms and frames relevant to represent knowledge based on creative practice;
  • Investigation of the relation between the creative work and its description – interpretation – explanation;
  • Inwards and outwards communication in designing/music/arts.


                 Ph.D. in Technologies for the Exploitation

                 of the Cultural Heritage .

                 Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Architecture

                 College of Engineering , University of Mosul 
                 Mosul - Iraq .




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