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The Department of Search was established in 2014 at Science Park Utrecht. This artist run department experimented for three years with action research interventions to establish new forms of encounters between art and science. This book unfolds the findings and speculate on the potential of a shared space to formulate the fundamental questions of the future.

The Department’s basic procedure is simple: artists thoroughly search University premises and the spaces inside, around and between the buildings, for clues, cues and ideas they can use. They share their findings, models, and ideas for projects with local scientists. A search is conducted for shared values and what they may lead up to. From the intensive adventure will often – there is no guarantee – emerge a wide open panorama of potential, or a collection of debatable futures.


Size: 17 x 12 cm
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 320
ISBN 978-90-82672-54-1

Editorial board:

Carlijn Diesfeldt
Cynthia Hathaway
Melle Smets

Ed van Hinte

Carlijn Diesfeldt
Melle Smets
Cynthia Hathaway
Ed van Hinte (Cluing in, Interviews, Shared Values, No Boundaries)

Most of the quotes were taken out of the expert meetings of the Zero Footprint Campus, and interviews by Saskia Naafs for the Zero Footprint Campus newspaper publication.

Melle Smets

Concept / design:

Studio Renate Boere

Renate Boere
Aafke Holwerda
David van Riel
Jan Scheffe
Melle Smets
Jokko Voogt

Printing & binding:

ORO grafisch projectmanagement
Printing House KOPA

Commissioned by the Aardschap foundation, Utrecht February 2018

This publication was made possible by DOEN Foundation and the Municipality of Utrecht.

© Published by Hybrid Crocodile, 2018
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imelman Mar 19, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Prachtig werk van Minervastudenten met een belangrijk thema: de gasboringen en de daarmee gepaard gaande verwoesting van de provincie Groningen. Kunst maakt hier een overduidelijk statement.


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Anne-Marijn van Rooij Aug 26, 2017

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A really nice and informative read for both designers and those who would like to know more about this profession.

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