Artistic development and research at the Department of Art, Design and Drama, contains a spectrum of investigative and reflective practices, methods, and concepts that are anchored in drama – and theatre / scenic arts, various forms of visual art (painting, drawing, installations, digital artforms, art in public space, performance) and arts and craft (sewing, embroidery, fashion, design, ceramics, metal) etc.
Artistic research at the department has an ambition to develop both smaller and larger research projects in collaboration between different aesthetic professions and other research disciplines. The projects will be disseminated through exhibitions, performances and other art-based forms of communication, including written publications in relevant journals and periodicals. Additionally, our research and development projects will be shared as expositions at Research Catalogue (RC), and international digital platform for artistic research.
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We are concerned with the relation between theory and practice, which affect each other reciprocally. The presentation of artistic work at relevant arenas through exhibitions and performances etc., are as central as the verbalization of the experiences in articles and other professional forms of presentation.
Artistic development is equivalent to other research areas in the Norwegian law. Those of us who has our competence as employees in the universities, based on artistic practice, has artistic development as the core of our research time at the institute.
Artistic development is not any different from research in general. All research seeks to develop methods for the specific fields and share knowledge. Thus, the idea of ‘art as research’ is inaccurate according to Julian Klein, editor of JAR (Journal for Artistic Research).
He thinks the issues is not about art that becomes research, but the central question is rather ‘when does research become art’? (2017). That happens when artistic methods are applied to searching, reflecting, composing, discussing and disseminating.
In artistic research several of these components often coincide in the practical process. Research that turns into art is sensorial and physical, embodied, based in experience, and felt knowledge. Artistic research examines topics that are socially relevant through artistic practices and is often performed in interdisciplinary collaborations.
In our time, artistic research is not only disseminated through re-presentation, but is also within a performative paradigm ‘non representational’ research, which means that the research is understood as a creative practice that produces something that did not previously exist.
Artistic research is founded in processual work where the research itself and the dissemination of it often takes place simultaneously.
- Haseman, B (2006) A Manifesto for Performative Research, International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, theme issue “Practice-led Research” (no. 118) s. 98-106
- Klein, J (2017) What is artistic research? (jar-online.net)
- Østern, T.P; Jusslin, S; Nødtvedt Knudsen, K; Maapalo, P & Bjørkøy, I (2021) A performative paradigm for post-qualitative inquiry, Qualitative Research 1-18, Sage Journals (doi.org)
Photo: From "Childism" (2015) a researching strategies for staging documentary material, by Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk in collaboration with Petra Fransson and Henriette Slorer.