Zuyd Hogeschool, Maastricht University and the Van Eyck are currently investigating the possibilities of establishing MERIAN: Maastricht Experimental Research In and through the Arts Network. MERIAN is a Maastricht-based environment for PhD candidates in Maastricht-style artistic research. It will invite established artists and academics to engage in collaborative research in between making and thinking. MERIAN will be an institutional space for the development of new norms and forms of embodied knowledge. Mobilizing the powers and fragilities of artistic and scientific practices, selected participants will engage in innovative methods and styles of empirical research. MERIAN will renegotiate relationships between existing cultural and knowledge institutions and addresses urgent matters of societal concern.
MERIAN is a network collaboration between:
- Van Eyck, Multiform institute for fine art, design and reflection
- Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and Public Sphere, Faculty of the Arts, Zuyd Hogeschool
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Sciences and Engineering (formerly Faculty of Humanities and Sciences) (University College Maastricht) of Maastricht University (including MACCH (The Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage) and MCICM (The Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music, Maastricht University, South Netherlands Philharmonic, Zuyd))
Just in time before the summer holidays start, the representatives of all institutions have signed a collaboration agreement, in which they agree to further develop this initiative together.