ERAM is a transdisciplinary centre in which art disciplines with research methodology based on art and design are connected. From this viewpoint, we believe a creative practice approach is the way to transforming society through values such as diversity, sustainability, justice, and care. At ERAM, we come from the firm belief that research produces academic knowledge and this knowledge is transferred to teaching in an ongoing feedback, connecting the following areas of what we consider to be the social role of a university: academic output, creation of artifacts and experiences, social and cultural transfer, and educational innovation. To make this possible, the key is to generate participative artistic research within the labs and creative subjects, so that they are transferred in education, unfolding, for example, in internships and to the final degree project. Two research teams are based in the school, who share the same vision and common goal, but their approach them from two different areas of action:
- Our own research group The Playful Living Lab brings together designers and researchers in interaction design, human-computer interaction, user experience and design research. The lab team investigates how, through design, playful and social experiences can be facilitated in multiple environments, from gastronomy to experiences in urban space, to learning, etc. The team is guided by 5 main principles: playable spaces; playful human-food interaction; playful learning, wild technology, and co-design methods. The group is formed by professors Ferran Altarriba and Jordi Márquez.
- And the ERAMSCI research group, which until 2022 was awarded with the code GRAD0003, and whom last September 2022 became a group linked to the Universitat de Girona (UdG) with code GRHCS113, thanks to an agreement signed with the UdG, 5 members of the ERAMSCI group became IVU (Researchers Linked to the University). This agreement connects the IVU to the Institut de Recerca Educativa (IRE), with total autonomy to ERAMSCI researchers to remain part of the ERAM research team. Among IVU professors are: Carolina Martínez, José Luís Corazón, Carlos Ruiz, Judit Vidiella and Melissa Lima Caminha.
The group is interested in research based on creative methods executed in multiple environments such as educational contexts (formal, non-formal and informal), cultural centres, community practices, public spaces, etc. in order to contribute to the debate about what the role of artistic practice should be and its forms of commitment to society, education, work, our planet and life in general. The aim of the team is to develop and consolidate, among others, pedagogical tools linked to the thinking and incarnate experience that is generated in the creative processes, and to explore artistic research applied in other fields of knowledge to address issues such as: contemporary subjectivities, new technologies and practices of embodiment; posthuman ecologies and sensorial and material explorations; participation processes and intervention through art in public spaces of the city, and cultural memory.
This group also has a teaching innovation research unit called Per/forma, and its objective is to create a space for teaching collaboration to share resources and creative methods that can help transdisciplinary processes of education and learning, framed by the Arts-Based Educational Research (IEBA), especially the performing arts.