MERIAN invites established artists and academics to engage in collaborative research in between making and thinking. Mobilizing the powers and fragilities of artistic and scientific practices, selected candidates engage in research that is problem-based, methodologically innovative, and focuses on interdisciplinary topics that can fruitfully be explored across the arts and academia. MERIAN is an institutional space for the development of new norms and forms of embodied knowledge. MERIAN renegotiates relationships between existing cultural and knowledge institutions and addresses urgent matters of societal concern.
The Maastricht style of artistic research is not equivalent to artists doing academic research, or vice versa. Instead, its value emerges from and through specific artistic research practices. MERIAN starts from the premise that these artistic research practices necessarily involve exchange between art and academia, between artists and scholars, between making and thinking. MERIAN embraces multiple differences and similarities, making border passages and learning across boundaries a fundamental part of its institutional arrangement.