At Creative Court, we believe that it is quite impossible to achieve world peace through rules and regulations. True and lasting peace can only be found far away from traces of power, in the deep recognition of the connectedness of all life, human and non-human.
The current global challenges urge us to radically change the systems that we have created. Before we can actually reshape the world, however, we first need to re-imagine it. It is our conviction at Creative Court that artistic research and experiment have a crucial role to play in this social, political, and ecological quest.
Creative Court develops art projects reflecting on peace and global justice. We work from the understanding that the arts can incite empathy and reflection, vital characteristics for shaping a more equal, just, peaceful and sustainable world.
Collaborating with artists and art therapists, legal experts, anthropologists, NGO’s, cultural institutions, journalists, universities, and others, we work on:
- arts-based research
Through arts-based research, we explore ways in which arts practices can provide better insight into complex global challenges and mechanisms, as well as the ethical framework that such practices call for. The artistic research and process design trajectories may encompass participatory experiments, or (intermediate) research presentations, involving focus groups or specialized audiences, as well as public interventions. Arts-based research, empirical at its core, constitutes fertile breeding ground for our research-based art projects.
- research-based art
We develop research-based art projects, intending to further our concepts and breeze them into wider audiences. Carefully selecting our partners and connecting international artists to e.g. local communities, scientists, trauma experts, we pursue a certain universal quality. The projects may take several years to develop, tend to last long too, and we often revisit and build on them after.
- education and evolution
In taking on the role of teacher, tutor, or commissioner, we aim to support BA and MA art students in discovering and nourishing one’s own unique voice, while exploring questions around representation, collaboration, responsibility, audience, and ownership. At times, a student or graduate is invited to help develop an idea or concept, during a talent development trajectory, artistic research residency or commission. Creative Court is currently a commissioning partner of the BA Photography and course leader of Studio III at the MA Photography & Society of the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK), The Hague.
For information on internships, please see here.
Creative Court is based in The Hague, the Netherlands.
“Questioning the ostensibly unquestionable premises of our way of life is arguably the most urgent of services we owe our fellow humans and ourselves.”
– Zygmunt Bauman