Experimentality was the 2009-10 Annual Research Programme of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University. It was a year-long collaborative exploration of ideas and practices of experimentation in science and technology, the arts, commerce, politics, popular culture, everyday life, and the natural world. The programme, having been delivered in collaboration with a range of other organisations (see Credits) brought together leading practitioners from various fields; academics from the social and natural sciences, arts and humanities; and members of the wider public. It used the notion of the experiment to explore vital questions about the relationship between knowledge and power, freedom and control in the modern world. It has been a unique, open-ended conversation about the power of experimentation to shape the future.
The basic structure of the programme was (but see 'Events' section of menu for more details):
- The Experimental Condition: Programme Launch (15-16 October 2009)
- Experiment as Event in the Arts and Sciences (19-20 November 2009)
- Experimental Subjects (14-15 January 2010)
- Experimental Objects (18-19 February 2010 – at the Storey Creative Industries Centre, Lancaster)
- The Experimentality of Nature (25-26 March 2010)
- The Experimental City (14-15 May 2010 – in Manchester)
- The Experimental Society (7-9 July 2010)
- ‘Experimentality’ as a theme of the 2009-10 season of Public Arts at the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts - at the Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster International Concert Series and the Peter Scott Gallery
- Readings and talks from writers on the theme of experimentality at Lancaster Literature Festival (16-25 October 2009)
- Photography competition for Lancaster residents on the theme of ‘the experiment’, organised with Public Arts at Lancaster University, with winners exhibited in the Peter Scott Gallery (January-February 2010)
- New exhibition at the Storey Gallery, Lancaster on the theme of ‘Experimental Objects’
- 4-day festival of art, ideas and music on the theme of Experimentality (12-15 May 2010) in Manchester, organised in collaboration with FutureEverything.