CAPP Cartographies – The Possible in Making and Being



CAPP Cartographies

From the outset, CAPP deliberately employed an arts based research methodology to track and be present to this four year journey. Susanne positioned herself within CAPP, as an embedded artist researcher and as a critical friend. Her ethnographic approach created close one to one encounters with CAPP partners, artists, constituencies and collaborators. She attended all nine partner meetings as well as five Staging Posts which were devised as locally based public dissemination moments for CAPP and were held in Helsinki, Madrid, London, St Helen’s and Osnabrück. Using her practice of Art of Hosting and discursive methods developed by peers 1 and herself, Susanne facilitated many key sessions within the partner meetings and Staging Posts.

In agreement with Create and CAPP partners Susanne developed a dialogical format, where the research process engaged critical analysis of socially engaged, collaborative artistic practices from different institutional, participant and artists perspectives. The research was carried out not about, but with the key stakeholder groups and individuals involved. In addition to many skype and email conversations, Susanne visited 7 projects onsite and spoke directly to 25 artists, 6 partners, 2 groups of participants as well as 8 stakeholders.

Practice and Power is the principal platform for sharing and disseminating the research gathered via Susanne Bosch over the course of the four-year project. Susanne’s process as an artist and researcher within CAPP created equal opportunities for exchange between all involved and at all times cast the participant as expert and co producer of knowledge. By deciding to invite an artistic research process, CAPP is excited to present the outcome of an artistic dialogical knowledge generation in artistic formats, which offers highly valuable resources for the collaborative arts sector across Europe.


About the exhibition

CAPP Cartographies –  The Possible in Making and Being

Susanne Bosch’s role as an embedded artist researcher and skilled facilitator has supported the CAPP network (Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme) from 2014-2018 in its aims to provide creative spaces with the potential to bring out new conversations, meaningful relationships and transformative forms of collaborative engagement. CAPP Cartographies –  The Possible in Making and Being is a drawing based on statements by 12 core members of the CAPP network naming a specific moment in the project, where collaboration took place and in which form it appeared/became evident. The large window drawing consists of two parts, one at the LAB, the other one at 2 Curved Street. The drawings weave together the polyphonic nature of this field, and seeks to make visible the skillful, complex organisational and relational matrix in collaborative work.


CAPP Cartographies –  Mobile Study Room

Developed by Create in collaboration with Susanne Bosch. Realised by Hugh Harte.

Ephemeral artwork tend to create traces, from invitations, to announcements, from posters, to documentation and research.  Is the process of collaboration important to make visible? Yes it is, but is tends to fail to show the complex realities of this work. It seems impossible to contextualise or trace all the lines, to tell the full story and to show also the gaps. The Mobile Study Room is constructed to host the hardcopy traces of socially engaged projects, in this case of some of the CAPP network projects. It invites to sit down, unpack boxes, look at printed materials, trace formats, as well as listen to the sound piece.


The realm of possibility – An acoustic footprint by Susanne Bosch was developed with composer, musician and producer Seán Mac Erlaine. Over the last four years, Susanne Bosch, CAPP Artist Researcher, gathered about 200 hours of audio recordings from the CAPP network meetings, events, dialogues, conversations and exchanges. She captured countless moments attempting to verbally de-construct and newly construct this field of interconnectedness through collaborative arts. A sound piece captures the polyphonic nature of this practice and the, multi-layered, complex web of CAPP conversations.


CAPP Cartographies –  Q&A

For the artwork „Q&A“ 208 questions that emerged within the four years of the CAPP network process, are presented on individual posters. 80 quotes as potential answers given by co-producers, are inserted each for one of the questions as invitation to the attending conference audience to add their answers (and questions) to the work. 

As such, this artwork serves as an ongoing articulation of emerging knowledge from the field. The quotes or „answers“ were never given to this concrete question, but relate in one way or the other to the question, playing with irritation, provocation or with a slightly unexpected point in an answer. The posters are colour coded by themes and displayed as a growing, continuous piece.


CAPP Cartographies –  Our News to the world

Daily news from the 9 locations of the CAPP partners are exposed through local newspapers. In these locations collaborative artistic processes took place. Newspapers announce in headlines the current, urgent and relevant topics of the day.

Titles of CAPP events, workshops, residencies and commissioned work juxtapose these news headline. What are the headlines of our works? What do we point to or highlight in our headlines that are supposed to catch the attention of a readership? Shading light onto what?

Equally the values of this type of practice, formulated by Susanne Bosch as findings of her 4 year work, are inscribed in this fast but continuous media such as printed newspapers.


CAPP Cartographies –  The realm of possibility ­– An acoustic footprint

Over the last four years, Susanne Bosch, CAPP Artist Researcher, gathered about 200 hours of audio recordings from the CAPP network meetings, events, dialogues, conversations and exchanges. She captured countless moments attempting to verbally de-construct and newly construct this field of interconnectedness through collaborative arts. A sound piece has been developed in collaboration with composer, musician and producer Seán Mac Erlaine that captures the poliphonic, multi-layered complex web of conversations.

The sound piece is  20 min long, contains 20 different voices and was developed for both steoreo listening as well as Dobly 5.1 surround environments.


1 Dialogical knowledge through exchange was created at the poarch talks and long dinner tables developed by artist Lois Weaver, and at the dilemma talks by artist Tellervo Kalleinen. and



Susanne's Involvement

Author, Artistic Researcher, Workshop Facilitator

Exhibitions, Performance / Events
Audio, Collaboration, Participation, Values