Zuyd Hogeschool, Maastricht University and the Van Eyck are currently investigating the possibilities of establishing MERIAN: Maastricht Experimental Research In and through the Arts Network. MERIAN is a Maastricht-based environment for PhD candidates in Maastricht-style artistic research. It will invite established artists and academics to engage in collaborative research in between making and thinking. MERIAN will be an institutional space for the development of new norms and forms of embodied knowledge. Mobilizing the powers and fragilities of artistic and scientific practices, selected participants will engage in innovative methods and styles of empirical research. MERIAN will renegotiate relationships between existing cultural and knowledge institutions and addresses urgent matters of societal concern.