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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).