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Join the Artistic Research Platform (Online) Meeting

24 June 2020

ARTISTIC RESEARCH PLATFORM (ONLINE) MEETING

21 September (14:00 – 18:30 CEST) & 22 September (14:00 – 17:30 CEST)

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“Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be…”*
Mapping the disciplinary state(s) of Artistic Research

 
This year, ELIA’s Artistic Research Platform Meeting will be held online on 21 September (14:00 – 18:30 CEST) and 22 September (14:00 – 17:30 CEST). Save the dates in your agenda and join these interactive virtual sessions focused on the state of artistic research now within the frames of certain disciplinary discourses.
 
For many years and in many countries artistic research has oriented towards the sciences and humanities. The art-science exchange has dominated the idea of research, and artistic fields have tried to relate/adopt/adapt for better or worse, to academic traditions.
During this event we ask how different artistic disciplines and fields are dealing with the idea of research? What are the qualities, methods and formats currently used? We will look at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and ask where the difficulties lie.
 
During the last platform event (13 & 14 June in 2019) under the title, “Providing a Framework for Artistic Research”, participants took stock of what artistic research departments need in order to flourish within their institutions. One of the outcomes, was the realisation that different disciplines have differing needs, that are addressed in diverse ways all over Europe. As a result of these findings, the Artistic Research Platform would like to focus this year on the state of each disciplinary setting of artistic research, specifically and separately – and then experiment with a mapping of sorts. Artistic research, for the most part, is considered an inter- and transdisciplinary affair, so looking at separate disciplinary settings/conditions within AR may seem like an artificial exercise. However, this could become more important with the growing sovereignty of AR: how can we describe the states-of-the-art of AR we are in at this moment in time, within the frames of certain disciplinary discourses?
 
AR has developed at different speeds, in different dimensions and changed direction as a result of various factors e.g. different financial frameworks, grant opportunities, institutional frameworks (e.g. PhD-programme or not) producing varying qualifications and how this relates to careers. Also, countries have very different histories of artistic research. The AR Platform wants to acknowledge these differences as a point of departure, and try to look at how disciplines have been writing their own narratives about their investment (or lack thereof) in artistic research within Europe. What we can share, steal, and most of all learn from each other? This platform topic is timely, as the ELIA Biennial 2020 will look at how transdisciplinary settings shape our world.


*Lyrics from the song 'Come As You Are' by Nirvana from album, Nevermind (1991).


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