Participatory Art Based Research – Responses to Ways of Working Together


In the last two decades, many different proposals and concepts of artistic and art- based research have been developed and explored. Participatory Art Based Research (PABR) is one of them. Since 2012, 50 participatory research projects were realised, which brought together more than 2000 researchers, co-researchers and participants from all areas of society, art, and science.

We invite you to join us for the official launch of our online publication: The online re- source of PABR aims to summarise strategies, potentials and problems of participatory art-based research and make them widely available.

To celebrate the launch of the PABR website, we will discuss these approaches and re- search formats with other experts and practitioners from the field of artistic research – in what ways can we do research together?
For this celebration we invited special guests Jamie Allen, Kai van Eikels, Anke Haar- mann, Marijke Hoogenboom, Brandon LaBelle, and Isabelle Stengers. Each panel offers the possibility to participate: All participants are invited to join discussions in breakout rooms (panel 1 and 2). Plenary sessions (panel 1, 2 and 3) are hosted by Kers- tin Evert and Kathrin Wildner.

Please register under for your Zoom link.

The symposium is organised and facilitated by Kerstin Evert, Sebastian Matthias, Sibylle Peters, Esther Pilkington, Melcher Ruhkopf and Kathrin Wildner.

It will be held in English.


Panel 1, 3:00 – 5:00 pm: What did we do?

Sibylle Peters & Sebastian Matthias (PABR), Marijke Hoogenboom, Kai van Eikels

This panel will introduce PABR and its approaches: How was PABR practised in Hamburg as a cooperation between art institutions and a university? What ways are there to organise and enable participatory and artistic research?

Panel 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm: What can you do with it?

Jamie Allen, Anke Haarmann, Brandon LaBelle in conversation with Kathrin Wildner

In this panel, we will look at the formats of participatory and artistic research from different perspectives: Are the suggested research formats useful? How could they be developed further? What other practices and experiences are there in the field?

Panel 3, 8:00 – 9:00 pm: Workshop presentation of Doubt and Failure in Participatory Art-based Research

Sibylle Peters, Esther Pilkington and Isabelle Stengers with workshop participants

This workshop presentation will also look back at the afternoon’s discussions and talks.

Please also join us for our other ongoing activities from current projects.

Sebastian Matthias will present his #onethumbedbandit at K3 on 25 February 2021 at 7:00 pm. Please see:

Esther Pilkington is currently working on Vacation Research at Fundus Theater/Thea- tre of Research:

For Melcher Ruhkopf’s research with the German Port Museum please visit


This is an event by PABR. It is based on the PhD programmes Versammlung und Teil- habe and Performing Citizenship.