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Image Credit: Still from Norman by Robbe Vervaeke
The NEU NOW Festival celebrated its fifth edition this year. To commemorate this coming of age the NEU NOW team caught up with festival alumni to create a retrospective featuring interviews with five artists from the very first edition, held in Vilnius in 2009.
We interviewed five international artists, one from each discipline featured in the LIVE Festival -Visual Arts, Design, Theatre, Music, and Film - to see where they are now, how their art has developed in the interim, what impact the festival has had on their work, how the crisis has affected their practice as well as the cultural climate in their country, and much more.
We released an interview with a different artist every Wednesday for five weeks from Wednesday July 17th to Wednesday August 14th, 2013.
Join us in marking the five festival milestone!
Part 1 Susanne Irene Fjørtoft (Theatre, Norway)
Part 2 Koji Wakayama (Design, Sweden)
Part 3 Mindaugas Backus (Music, Lithuania)
Part 4 Bogdan Girbovan (Visual Arts, Romania)
Part 5 Robbe Vervaeke (Film, Belgium)
Over the last decade, art education has been confronted time and again with neoliberal thought and attitudes. As a result of this, art education has turned slowly but surely into a specific product focused on quantifiable and verifiable end results manifested and legitimized by the rhetoric of marketing and efficiency. Although the debate on artistic research indeed demands space for a free artistic space for thought, it also seems necessary now to raise the question regarding the potential of educational platforms outside the Bologna rules. The 1st Tbilisi Triennial (Offside Effect, Tbilisi 2012), curated by Henk Slager and Wato Tsereteli, concentrated on this specific issue. In a forum-like display system, a number of keynote artists and lecturers in collaboration with their students from a dozen of experimental academies from all over the world presented their strategic ways of working. This publication's goal is to not only document the 1st Tbilisi Triennial, but to also incite further diagnoses and developments in the debate on current art academies and their contexts.
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The work of art has often been a battleground—its decorative and formal aspects positioned against its nature as an embodiment of cognitive acts. Leonardo da Vinci’s claim that art be a 'cosa mentale' is winning at last: recent debates around art schools and their methods, of which this book is a vast survey, demonstrate that, now more than ever, art is considered the result of a thinking process.
With texts by John Aiken, Mara Ambrozic, Ute Meta Bauer, Carol Becker, Franco Berardi, Jeremiah Day, Paolo Garbolino, Mika Hannula, Mary Jane Jacob, Jan Kaila, Lev Kreft, Cornelia Lauf, Paolo Legrenzi and Alessandra Jacomuzzi, Hongjohn Lin, Sarat Maharaj, Marco De Michelis, Suzana Milevska, Simon Njami, Hans Ulrich Obrist, John Rajchman, Gertrud Sandqvist, Henk Slager, Hito Steyerl, Chiara Vecchiarelli, Angela Vettese, Mick Wilson.
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Studio-based artistic research and doctoral degrees of artists are now important aspects of contemporary art and art education. Artists as Researcher presents a selection of essays that address various approaches to research in contemporary art. It contains contributions from more than twenty international artists, art teachers, curators, historians and critics, all of whom participated in the 2010 – 2012 EU project Changing Identities and Contexts in the Arts.
The issues of the book reach from paradoxes of history and work stories to writing and curating as questions of artistic research. The writers are Andy Abbott, Magnus Bärtås, Lara Eggleton, Catherine Ferguson, Maria Finn, Cecilia Grönberg, Mika Hannula, Kerry Harker, Per Magnus Johansson, Jan Kaila, Lisa Le Feuvre, Katrin von Maltzahn, Pekka Niskanen, Tuula Närhinen, Roger Palmer, Andrey Parshikov, William Rose, Kimmo Sarje, Andrea Schlieker, Andrej Slávik, Simon Starling, Hito Steyerl, Thomas Ivan Träskman and Niclas Östlind.
'Artistic research seems, in other words, to have become a new European paradigm...It remains to be seen whether the new paradigm will settle into universities and artistic programmes as a kind of academic eccentricity, or whether it will develop into a dynamo or a catalyst for a more general trend towards research orientation in the art world.' - Professor Jan Kaila
Artistic practices are manifold and highly diverse. In recent years, a claim towards research has become meaningful to many practitioners of art. Intellectual Birdhouse gives room to a number of actors to unfold their attitudes towards this claim. In this book, ‘artistic research’ is assumed as being independent of ‘discipline’, with the potential to occur in all contexts once epistemological expectations have shifted. This approach foregrounds questions concerning the type of models, terms and concepts that elucidate the processes and outcomes of epistemic-artistic practices while recalling theoretical debates steeped in tradition. Artistic research often involves productive and reflective work on and with material, and is frequently paired with testing of forms of representation other than texts that engage in open negotiations with knowledge. For this reason, artistic research may take an unexpected or even controversial course.
As a consequence, most of the chapters discuss how borders need to be negotiated as part of the research process. This includes questions bearing on art and science, art and politics, art and history as well as art and philosophy. Many of the authors see themselves as artists, but one of the chief claims of this book is that a position is possible beyond the ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ labels. The chapters address this position and the difficulties negotiating it in the context of existing discourses and intellectual frameworks.
With contributions by: Gina Badger, Henk Borgdorff, Paul Carter, Bracha L. Ettinger, Sabine Flach, Renée Green, Penelope Haralambidou, Florian Hecker, Tom Holert, Sarat Maharaj, Sónia Matos, Jonathan Miles, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Raqs Media Collective, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Hannes Rickli, Michael Schwab, Henk Slager, Marcus Steinweg, Hito Steyerl, Jan Svenungsson, Alise Upitis, and Francisco Varela.
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