‘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 Reflections are not peer reviewed; restrictions in terms of language, length, topic or theme do not apply.

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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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A motivação que fez eclodir a RIACT

José Quaresma

As linhas que se seguem têm como objectivo dar a conhecer o projecto RIACT e partilhar os motivos que o fizeram eclodir. A RIACT é uma nova revista no âmbito da Investigação Artística (I. A.) que abrange um vasto conjunto de expressões artísticas, preparada para receber e disseminar artigos relacionados com a especificidade da I. A., ou seja, artigos que se enraizem na prática artística e que desta façam derivar as noções que orientam a reflexão produzida.

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The design of expositions

Tero Heikkinen

In traditional research journals, the author does not define the appearance and layout of the paper. Artistic research journals that publish expositions, invite authors to format the presentation in a way that works with their research. This means a freedom of layout and positioning, but the approach can also result in some frustration.

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PhD Vitamin at the Estonian Academy of Arts

Kirke Kangro, Oliver Laas and Madis Luik

PhD Vitamin was a first-time event, held in a digital format at the Estonian Academy of Arts from the 4th to the 8th of May 2020. It consisted of a series of public video lectures on artistic research, held by theorists and practitioners in the field, with the aim of introducing different approaches to acquiring a PhD degree as an artist.

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Coddling the Minotaur: Year One of the Tel Aviv Salon for Artistic Research

Gabriel S Moses and Nitzan Chelouche

There is a story in Greek mythology of a man named Theseus. Theseus became a hero when he ventured into the dark corridors of the labyrinth to hunt and kill the part bull/part man monster residing at its core—the Minotaur. All he had to find his way back was a ball of red thread he carried into the maze. This past December we used similar metaphors to introduce the idea of artistic research (AR) to the participants of our cozy salon in south Tel Aviv.

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