Experimental Research

Experimental research is a critical process and mode of operation of Office of Experiments. Our research combines expertise from across disciplines, and yet is non-disciplinary . The research is in some cases the work itself - at other times it leads to the development of resources from which further work is drawn - see Resources; Fieldguides, the Autonomous Researcher Collection (the ARC)& Publications. Various methods, models, collaborative approaches and interventions are used. Working inside other institutions or autonomously, we have observed and drawn our appproaches from institutional and radical forms of research.

Overt Research Project

The Office's modus operandi for the Overt Research Project is the interrogation of the private and public imagination in relation to spaces of science and technology in the UK. From documentation of physical sites to material evidence, this enquiry has found a powerful currency in sites that are closed or difficult to access, in scientific use today or not. The first field guide to be published online, Dark Places: A Field guide to the South, was part of a broader exhibition of the same name at John Hansard Gallery, and explored the ways in which such places are both embedded and imaginatively narrated as part of a contemporary UK landscape. This project initially geo-mapped and documented in the field, sites across the South/South West region of the UK, and allowed the public to view works in a range of contexts including an acclaimed Secrecy and Technology Cold War Bus Tour.

The next phase 'Experimental Ruins', will be focused on Outer London (ie excluding Central). Critical to this enquiry is the Office acknowledged mapping of how techno-scientific space is further changing as a result of its virtualisation and networked functions. Sifting through a contracting footprint and the material remainders of progress, the project will be inclusive of public perceptions, their knowledge and local experiences, as they participate in visits and excursions or in online research activities. As the project documents the fleeting nature of a ruin in the suburban context, its relics and the debris of its occupation, it will combine both factual synthesis and speculative interpretation.

Centre for Land Use Interpretation

Since 2008, research has been conducted around a residency in Wendover, Utah, USA, hosted by the Centre for Land Use Interpretation. Whilst some individual members

Self-Experimentation

 

Self-Experimentation is often denied by the scientific community despite its pivotal role to clinical advances, whilst being recognised as a valid, if limited, method in the arts. It is after all the act of the radical, the act of a potentially totally independent individual, with an irresponsible approach to knowledge production, or a true respect for the nature of risk. As such, it has been of great interest, philosophically and methodologically to The Office of Experiments within a broader context of resistance.

Between 2005-9, several experimental events that utilised Self -Experimentation were initiated, with The Office of Experiments organising - The Void, and recently, Truth Serum.

Off Site Performance