Mind the Methods

Perhaps it’s something of all times to think we are on a turning point, but it seems to me that there are so many writings on the wall we can’t ignore that indeed we are, due to our technology, living on the border of a paradigm shift. In my belief our world perspective will change dramatically in the coming twenty years. It’s just that we sometimes can’t see clearly what is right under our collective nose: our world isn’t only changing, it is changing faster than ever.

 

The acceleration of change is noticeable in many respects. A clear example is the mix of design and technology in 3D printing. Or the fashion world which integrates the knowledge of material technology to set new trends. Complicated techniques and scientific methods used in artwork, that in their turn foster further research and a different approach to the methods of science.

And this last aspect intrigues me most.

 

Over the last three years I have encountered many researchers, scientists, philosophers, artists, designers and entrepreneurs who are breaking the rules of their respective disciplines, often taken risks with new projects and experiments. I have had conversations over coffee with them, conversations by mail which got published in a book. Sometimes we did research together, or I followed them on their way. I wrote some of it down on my website earlier ( Dutch only), and organized lectures about crossover disciplines. Thanks to the possibilities of our modern era (a.k.a Instagram) I connected with a curator in Milan and talked about the role of women in the world of art. I met values driven visionairies who are spreading their ideas through festivals, lectures and implementing their theories in society by consulting with companies.

After a few years working in this field, it’s time to take this unbridled fascination for artist and philosophers to a new level. I like to call myself a philosophical researcher. Through Mind the Methods I want to contemplate about our ways of learning and about what we consider to be knowledge.  By doing so I want to facilitate more crossovers between different disciplines.