2 Let’s Talk about (Artistic) Research;
Let’s Talk about (Artistic) Research was conceived and organised by the Professorship Theory in the Arts in collaboration with the Academy of Theatre & Dance (João Da Silva). By doing this, we wanted to begin to make visible the myriad of ways in which (artistic) research was perceived and put to work at ArtEZ. The seminar series consisted of nine gatherings in which many approaches to and questions about (artistic) research were explored. Several (artistic) research practitioners who had finished or were doing a PhD in the arts were invited; together we explored our own positions—our situatedness—within these approaches.
The uniqueness of the gatherings was that many art ‘disciplines’ and a few academic fields were present, such as fine art, product design, graphic design, music, dance, creative writing, and art history and anthropology. This made the seminars especially interesting because disciplines—and we know this word is not unquestioned—are not always running the same routes; or, at least, they are not always aware of their sharing the same challenges.
One of the outcomes of virtually all international discussions on (artistic) research is that such research is characterised by just one stable quality: it is a systematically fluid constellation or assemblage that constantly, and as a matter of principle, reshuffles, reorders, redefines its own course, ideas and values. An important and constitutive characteristic of (artistic) research is that it is intrinsically public. It is public in the sense that the researcher must bring the research outcomes or parts of their process in dialogue with others, opening up a discourse around its propositions. In that sense, (artistic) research diverges and differentiates itself from art making.