Research

An Academy founded on research

Accademia UNIDEE holds research as the founding mission of its activity, along with teaching. It hence takes on the tasks of the “triple mission” of higher education and those of Fondazione Pistoletto, which has placed education and research at the centre of its operations from its very beginning.
The objective is to produce new knowledge on scientific and technological progress to apply to a responsible social transformation, through a transdisciplinary critical discourse. A research that wants to reflect the social, technological and spiritual aspirations of an emerging global civilisation, at the same time supporting critical awareness.
Thanks to this approach, Accademia UNIDEE has achieved a position in the international context based on quality and sustainability, and on a constant dialogue with the most important international educational and research institutes. A network of collaborations and exchanges allowing it to deliver high-quality didactics always up-to-date in regard to new contemporary global scenarios.

Accademia UNIDEE’s research methodology assumes art as device and the scientific research model as criterion. Each research is public, traceable, accessible and decodifiable within the international semantic context.

A methodology that becomes specific with the “Theorem of Trinamics”, the inspiring principle deriving from the concept of the Third Paradise and accompanying the most advanced international experiences in the field of scientific research, using art as a catalyst for new knowledge.

In “Trinamics”, the dynamics of the number three, research proceeds through the pursuit of new syntheses between each thesis and antithesis. It’s a type of research critical of itself, constantly questioning its own results in order to keep developing new syntheses.

 

Accademia Unidee of the Third Paradise assumes the two conditions that a method must satisfy to have scientific value.
The first is the “criterion of controllability”: the discourse has to be constituted of “controllable” and “justifiable” assertions, i.e. what a philosopher would define justified assertability. With “controllability” we indicate the replicability of the process that has led to an assertion P by any other individual. Which means that the process can’t be based on evidence that is relevant only in the private experience of the subject proposing P. With “justified assertability” we indicate the fact that assertion P can be systematically included in a series of experimental propositions and, in the case of art, in a system of experiences and certain knowledges that corroborate the regular generation of P, given the specified conditions. The criteria of “controllability” and “justified assertability” mutually support each other.
The second fundamental condition is the so-called “criterion of publicity”, i.e. the parameter according to which the proposition can be considered scientifically investigated only when public opportunity to agree on that proposition is provided.
Humanistic disciplines searching for knowledge are usually divided in physical-mathematical studies, with references to geometry and statistics and tending to be defined as “quantitative”, and hermeneutic-phenomenological studies, with references to psychology, sociology and anthropology and tending to pertain to a “qualitative” dimension.
We can say that “quantitative” data reveal models of regularities in practices, whereas “qualitative” data reveal the processes through which models of practices are produced.”
Francesco Monico, Direttore di Ricerca Accademia Unidee

The Accademia draws inspiration from the UN’s 17 SDGs

Accademia UNIDEE has the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals as guide and mission.