Currently, advanced art education is in the process of developing (doctorate or PhD) research programs throughout Europe. Therefore, it seems to us urgent to explore what the term research actually means in the topical practice of art. After all, research as such is often understood as a method stemming from the alpha, beta or gamma sciences directed towards knowledge production and the development of a certain scientific domain. How is artistic research connected with those types of scientific research, taking into account that the artistic domain so far has tended to continually exceed the parameters of knowledge management?
One could claim that the artistic field comprises the hermeneutic question of the humanities, the experimental method of the sciences, and the societal commitment of the social sciences. Will that knowledge influence the domain, the methodology, and the outcome of artistic research? Another major topic concerns not only the specificity of the object of knowledge of artistic research but above all whether and how artistic research and its institutional programs will influence topical visual art, its artworks and its exhibitions.
These complex problematics with their various points of view and management models are mapped out through the contributions of theorists, curators, and institutions, from Belgium, France, Great-Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Finland, Germany, and Sweden. May these contributions be a constructive impetus for a versatile debate which may influence the future role of advanced art institutions and the position of artistic research in the next decade.
Annette W. BALKEMA and Henk SLAGER: Prologue
PRELIMINARY WORKSHOP, ART AND METHOD
SYMPOSIUM, ARTISTIC RESEARCH
Henk SLAGER : Discours de la Méthode
Sarat MAHARAJ: Unfinishable Sketch of ‘An Unknown Object in 4D’: scenes of artistic research
Annette BALKEMA: Connecting Worlds
Jan KAILA: What is the Point of Research and Doctoral Studies in Art?
Mika HANNULA: River Low, Mountain High. Contextualizing Artistic Research
Tuomas NEVANLINNA: Is Artistic Research a Meaningful Concept?
Els van ODIJK: The Luxury of Doubt
Richard WOODFIELD: The UK Fine Art PhD and Research in Art & Design
Santiago ERASO: Arteleku (in the Crisis of the Modernist Project)
Leire VERGARA : Front Line Compilation
Anke BANGMA: Observations and Considerations
Koen BRAMS: Research, Production, Presentation, Discussion (Review)
Jean-Baptiste JOLY: Academy Schloss Solitude
Gertrud SANDQVIST: The Right to Think
Massimiliano GIONI, Marta KUZMA : Manifesta 5