This edited volume takes on discussions of method that gain center stage in light of the current interest in artistic and design research, where metaphors like messiness, heterogeneous mixture or non-linearity are employed frequently. On the one hand, these discourses seem to emphasize certain characteristics and »myths« of creative processes, while on the other hand, create affinities to scientific traditions, which for some time now describe their own practices as irregular and »wild« processes. Both perspectives share the understanding that messiness, disorder or untidiness in research are neither secondary phenomena, nor that they are to be avoided by technical-strategic means or to get rid of through scientific hygiene measures. On the contrary, their occurence is considered constitutive for knowledge practices, in which diverse degrees of order come about in unpredictable and open-ended processes.

With texts by Lisa Conrad, Knut Ebeling, Paul Feyerabend, Moritz Greiner-Petter, John Law, Claudia Mareis, Shintaro Miyazaki, Anja Schwanhäußer, Walter Seitter, Max Stadler, Nicole Stöcklmayr, Stefan Wellgraf, Friedrich Weltzien, Christof Windgätter.

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