Artistic Research is a unique form of knowledge production that acts at the interface between science and the fine arts and thus expands both worlds by something that either side cannot do. Only through the connection of both worlds does a new form of knowledge transfer arise, which is characterized by the affective expression of the knowledge inherent in the work of art.
What is artistic research and how can methods of artistic research be designed? These are the questions that justify the project around this very young discipline.
What Do You Do
When You Do
What You Do?
– John Dewey –
With this catchy slogan, John Dewey, who is best known as a pragmatic pedagogue and value theorist, hits the fundamental core of a self-reflective position in research and above all in artistic research.
Be aware of what you are doing and how you are doing it. Step back from your process of making and watch yourself doing it. Only in this way can a critical and self-reflective approach to one's own work and research arise.
This principle of artistic research called “inside-in” is also followed by teaching in Artistic Research.
The main aim is to divide the research into three sub-aspects, which vary and in periodically repeated loops, adapt again and again and build on one another. These sub-aspects are divided into research - “in the arts”, “for the arts” and “about the arts”, ie with a focus on the practical, technical and historical aspects. This methodological assumption serves as the basis for the research seminars.
Ideology of Artistic Research
The role of the artistic researcher is particularly important because of his research and his embedding in the social environment, which reflects his attitude and way of thinking.
Therefore, the project follows the teaching approach based on an assumption made by the theorist Mika Hannula, who uses the current discussion about the “flipped academics” as a basis to describe this special role of the artistic researcher:
"In short, the flipped academic:
- informs and creates first and publishes later.
- participates socially, culturally and politically and helps
others to participate.
- emphasizes the development of social and cultural practices.
- understands financing as input, not as output.
- develops and designs learning materials and environments
(digital, traditional and their combinations) that promote
- Acts wherever possible and necessary (not necessarily within the
academic world; see Bruton, 2012). "
* Mika Hannula “Artistic Research - Methodology”
(translated from English)
He is thus an active researcher who is not an outside observer or experimenter in the laboratory, but an active participant who, through his actions and interventions, actively “contributes” or redesigns his field of research to the point that it is even part of his own living environment can be. The active / activist element is therefore an important unique selling point of this form of research.