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I'm a PhD candidate at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where I'm exploring the possibilities of artistic research to contribute to mission-oriented research as outlined in the EU's Research and Innovation Programme Horizon Europe. My project has a specific focus on the New European Bauhaus and the two mission areas 'healthy oceans, seas coastal, and inland waters' and 'climate-neutral and smart cities.'
The title of my project is "From commission to mission-oriented research: How can artistic research contribute to mission-oriented research projects that address societal challenges?" In this project I propose to investigate how the next framework program for research and innovation of the European Commission Horizon Europe, with initiatives such as the European New Green Deal, mission-oriented research, and the New European Bauhaus, can challenge and change the conditions for cross-disciplinary research in Europe in ways which include also artistic forms of knowledge production. Emphasised as a shift from a focus on academic excellence to societal impact, it could open up new potential roles for artistic research in the new frame of mission-oriented research. The project will research privileges and particularities of artistic research and explore if and how a set of them can be used as tactical devices that can enable results for cross-disciplinary research projects that might otherwise not be possible. The goal of this project is to develop an open artistic research framework that accommodates a multiplicity of advanced practices for artistic researchers who aim at contributing to mission-oriented research. It raises the question what a shift from excellence to societal impact would mean in the context of art. It will look at the potential to experiment with alternative forms of assessing impact, legitimizing knowledge, and production of value.