‘Reflections’ are diverse ‘op-eds’ in which artists, researchers, peer-reviewers, editors and readers express their view on what is going on in the field of artistic research. Reflections are not peer reviewed; restrictions in terms of language, length, topic or theme do not apply.

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'Eisenhüttenstadt - Between Model and Museum.' The Ideal City as site for artistic research and intervention: On two exhibitions and symposia

Niklas Nitschke

Even though Eisenhüttenstadt is not very far from Berlin, the 'first socialist city in Germany', planned and built in the 1950s, is still clearly separated, as a cultural space, from the nearby cosmopolitan city, preserving the idea of a different society in its urban layout and architecture.

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The Digital Stage: a new online audiovisual system for acting, performance, dance and music

Stefan Winter, Fee Altmann and Julian Klein

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Digital Stage initiative emerged as a salient example of how artistic research is able to shape technology development, in order to facilitate an artistic appropriation of digital space.

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Political Imagination and Artistic Research

Pilvi Porkola

 “Political Imagination and Alternative Futures” is a multidisciplinary post-doctoral study combining methods of ethnography and artistic research. It is funded by Academy of Finland and realized at The University of Turku (2020-2024). The aim of the research is to explore how political imagination is practiced among different groups of people, including artists and activists, as well as different kinds of alternative communities in Finland.

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La investigación artística en el debate constituyente chileno: crónica (I)

Carolina Benavente Morales

Este texto pretende ser una crónica testimonial contingente acerca del debate sobre investigación artística desde el punto de vista del proceso constituyente chileno, a fin de recapitular sus aspectos centrales y suscitar nuevas reflexiones y acciones al respecto. La Convención Constitucional comenzó a sesionar el pasado 4 de julio de 2021 y hoy mismo, 29 de septiembre, terminará de aprobar su Reglamento.

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Artistic Practice in Telepresence during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Chun Wai (Wilson) Yeung, Rosina Yuan, Wing Ting (Jan) Sze, Ye (Sherry) Liu

With the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid development of digital technology, the topic of digital identity and space have entered people’s daily lives. Telepresence has also become more dominant in work, education, society, and creative practice This reflective article discusses the use of telepresence for creative practitioners in the context of the pandemic.

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Social effects of Art – perspectives from Helsinki

Verena Niepel

What does art do? While academic claims differ greatly, they agree that it does something – it moves, translates, mediates, sells well, is labelled and discussed widely. However, the ways art and society are intertwined in these unsettling and uncertain times need to be discussed and (re-)negotiated. The online ‘ESA-Arts 11th midterm conference - THE SOCIAL EFFECTS OF ART’ in March 2021 provided a platform to elaborate on sociological approaches in arts research and the relevance of art practice for academia.

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Artistic Research in Sweden

Per Zetterfalk

In 2020, doctoral student Bogdan Szyber’s thesis was rejected by Stockholm University of the Arts. He said that the field of artistic research is “fake” and that "the empress has no clothes." (All translations by Per Zetterfalk, unless otherwise noted.) This has led to a debate about artistic research in Sweden. Research where art and academia meet.

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