It’s rare that a research project has its own artistic leader – but The Seed Box does. The Seed Box is an international, interdisciplinary programme, funded by Mistra (the Swedish foundation for strategic environmental research) and Formas (a Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development), with LiU as programme host. It provides a meeting place for environmental issues and humanistic perspectives.
“In The Seed Box our aim is to explore environmental issues across boundaries. Art is useful for this, because by definition it is interested in disrupting established methods. We’ve asked ourselves ‘If we do this instead, what will happen?’”, says Katja Aglert, professor of art at Linköping University. She has been artistic leader and co-director at The Seed Box since 2020.
Katja Aglert’s role in The Seed Box has included investigating, together with researchers, how research results can be presented in other ways than on the white paper on which they are traditionally written.
“Art is good at getting us to see things from another perspective. In The Seed Box, some of the researchers have tried working with visualisations of their results”, says Katja Aglert.