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 Reflections are not peer reviewed; restrictions in terms of language, length, topic or theme do not apply.

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New Validities

Jessyca Hutchens, Anita Paz, Naomi Vogt, and Nina Wakeford

OAR: The Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform emerged in 2014 out of a set of conversations held within a theory and practice-led doctoral program at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. A group of us were trying to find a productive focus for the debates and discussions around the ways the terms ‘artistic research’ and ‘practice-based research’ were being mobilized in educational and art institutions to offer particular forms of research greater visibility and legitimation.


Short Reflections on Time, Drawing and Practice

Laura F. Gibellini

Foreword. 1-9

1. Drawing can be considered a form of mark making.

2. Drawing can also be thought as a practice that implies a material or immaterial gesture, an idea that is thrown onto the world—exceeding the paper, the wall, or any other surface or space that it might occupy.

3. In that sense, drawing could be considered performative, as the process of performing an idea, which becomes a gesture and takes on a particular aesthetic form.


Fictioning a performance

Tero Nauha

In 2015 I started a project with two non-digital devices — a vinyl-record turntable and Theremin — in a performance lecture. One of the first presentations took place at the Deleuze and Artistic Research (DARE) conference held at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, November 2015. Since then I have experimented with these devices in both academic conferences, such as TAPRA in Bristol and the Performance Philosophy conference at Surrey, but also in performance venues such as theatre.now in Kiasma, Helsinki and New Performance in Tehdasteatteri, Turku.


What is artistic research?

Julian Klein

Sorry, the question is wrongly put, Good Man (1978). We should ask, when is research artistic? But let us start from the end.


According to the UNESCO definition, research is “any creative systematic activity undertaken in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge about humanity, culture and society, and the use of this knowledge to devise new applications.” (OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms, 2008).