Introduction to Artistic Research

09.02.2023 - 09:00 to 27.04.2023 - 09:00
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The term artistic research commonly refers to an open form of research in and through the arts. In its core, artistic perspectives and experiences are bundled in insights, which might find different appliances, one of them being artistic practice itself. Artistic research can include inter-, cross-, and trans-disciplinarily collaborations, thus one of the main characteristics is that it can both generate and be based on an epistemology that is singular to the creative act, besides encompassing methodologies from other fields of research to create art or apply artistic methods to other non-artistic contexts. In as much as artistic practice is considered a mode of thinking that produces new and original knowledge in open-ended, indeterminate ways, methodologies of artistic research are situated in a specific context and investigate all its possible relations, through creating, articulating, revising, reflecting, and sharing -- in a process- rather than product-oriented way.
This course combines artistic practices and critical discourse with state-of-the-art dissemination strategies as the basic framework of artistic research. It includes investigations into the variety of formats for publishing, exhibiting and expositing artistic projects by documenting them as processes of knowledge production. This and the often-proclaimed proximity to scientific research allows for manifold possibilities to reflect and question conventional divisions of labour in academic and non-academic knowledge production and the very role of the artist in society today. The course will provide special insight into the relationship between practices in contemporary art and their thematic integration or expansion. It will explore different modes of dissemination in various contexts and frameworks found within and outside the academic environment.

Spring 2023
For the Spring 2023 edition of AR, we will take advantage of the 14th International Society for Artistic Research Conference that will be hosted by KIT in Trondheim. The Society for Artistic Research (SAR) promotes practices of artistic research as undertaken both in and outside academic institutions. It facilitates co-operation and communication through conferences and meetings, and disseminate knowledge on artistic research practices and results. In AR we will use the SAR conference as a tool, method, and curriculum exploring and analyzing some of its conceptual underpinnings, methodological dimensions and dissemination strategies as state-of-the-art that can help develop your artistic practice. During the course two sessions will be jointly organized with the Artistic Entrepreneurship (AE) course.

Tutors: Nabil Ahmed, Prerna Bishnoi, Annett Busch, Eva la Cour, Benjamin Tiven, Joen Vedel among others

Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

Visiting address:
Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget)

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Tel. +47 73 59 79 00
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