urban matters

Inventive Methods: Künstlerische Ansätze in der ethnographischen Stadtforschung.

In the field of contemporary urban research, there is a growing realization that urbanconfigurations, collective imaginations as well as complex networks of power cannotbe examined and interpreted adequately by applying only classical methods of socialscience. This text looks at different kinds of knowledge production within the researchand exhibition project Global Prayers focusing on processes of research, the inventionof methods,the collection and analysis of data, and their translation into formats forpresentation. In the context of theoretical concepts on the role of ethnographic andartistic research, examples from the Global Prayers project are re-viewed to analyzeseveral methodological procedures, such as multi-sited ethnography, sound recordings,enactments, and interventions as promising challenges for inventive urban research.