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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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Philosophy AS artistic research:* Philosophy On Stage

Arno Böhler

Philosophy as artistic research is a concept of philosophy in which poiesis,1 the process of letting something materially come into being (be-coming), is considered the core performance of philosophy. When Marx criticized pre-marxist philosophies that they have just interpreted the world, but not changed it, this claim is very much in line with arts-based-philosophy.

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Building a Culture for Dissemination of Artistic Research

Cecilie Broch Knudsen

On request from the Norwegian Council for Artistic Research, an investigation on publishing and dissemination of Artistic Research was completed in April 2017. The report was conducted by a working group led by Jørn Mortensen, Rector at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

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Curating for Research

Joey Orr

Research and creative processes bring things into the world imperfectly. That is the syntax of making. What kinds of perspectives might we adopt toward the institutional integration of art and research? In conversation with U.S. poet and scholar Joan Retallack, artist and composer John Cage stated: “When I find myself in the position of someone who would change something—at that point I don’t change it. I change myself.

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Project Anywhere: Problems of Representation and Evaluation

Sean Lowry

Artistic research, like the world of a work of art, is presented in multiple ways in its often-uneven passage from conception through production to dissemination. And like a work of art, it can manifest across a complex distribution of materialisations. This complexity invariably presents challenges. Given the indeterminate nature and material manifestations that might constitute a single project, it can be particularly difficult to determine how and when it is best represented.

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DARE for a People Yet to Come

Paolo Giudici

DARE is a series of international conferences on Deleuze and Artistic Research organised by the Orpheus Institute (Ghent, Belgium). Held every two years at the Orpheus Institute and in other venues in Ghent, the conference is currently preparing its third edition DARE 2019: Machinic Assemblages of Desire (9-11 December 2019).

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Passivity as Activity

Saara Hacklin

I reviewed an exposition by Lucie Tuma and Jens Badura in JAR 7 called “It’s doing it – towards a phenomenology of passivity.” It has at its heart an attempt to study passivity. My initial reaction was that the submission was approaching themes central for artistic practice – it presents a question (passivity). Further, it dismantles the (practice based) research and presents (documentary) fragments of it. However, during my review I got the impression that passivity was defined – as the starting point – as something negative. Against my own research background, this seemed problematic.

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