Artistic Research Seminar

27.11.2018 - 10:00 to 30.11.2018 - 16:00
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MFA 1st year
MFA 2nd year

Teacher: Assoc. Prof. Michelle Teran

The seminar Artistic Research centers on the question of what constitutes artistic research, or research in the arts. The seminar invites presentations and propositions by different practitioners, invited theorists and researchers inside and outside of the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art. In anticipation of the future Ph.D. program in artistic research, it will use lectures, workshops and workgroups, public discussions, readings, to build up a working knowledge and institutional positioning here at KiT.

Fundamentally, artistic research implies that the artistic practice itself is an essential component of both the research process and research results; yet it is not exclusive to traditional artistic formats and forms of exhibiting. Artistic research can encompass methodologies from interdisciplinary fields to create art, applying artistic methods within other non-artistic contexts, or something entirely different and as-yet-defined. Artistic research, therefore, includes many senses and meanings.

If we consider practice is a mode of thinking, how can/does one think through practice and by doing? Artistic research is a push-and-pull, give-and-take activity of creating, articulating, revising, reflecting, and sharing. Each artistic investigation is an individual one; a process-oriented way of working; a highly intellectual endeavor which encompasses a distinct, and hybrid assemblage of methodologies and critical tools for thinking through making. Scribbles, sketches, drawings, readings, studies, exhibition visits, wasting time on the internet, models, rapid prototyping, field work, travels, thoughts, conversations, and failed work are common attributes related to an artistic activity. They can also be useful tools for placing work within a context, by providing insight and a roadmap to the artist’s intentions, reasons, and processes.

The seminar Artistic Research is mandatory for all MFA1 students enrolled in Advanced Artistic Work 1. MFA2 and BFA students are also encouraged to participate in the seminar module.

Teaching formats:
- Lectures
- Work groups
- Public discussions
- Readings
- Practical exercise

Learning Outcomes:
- Develop a platform for discussing approaches and how to work with artistic research in artistic practice
- Develop an awareness of methodologies within artistic research.
- Able to extract and define artistic methodologies within their own thesis work.
- Be able to discuss and debate how artistic research (of others and their own) can intervene with different processes and connect to society at large.
- Situate their practice within a larger context, which influences the decisions they make and incentives for turning something into art.

Postal address:
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

Visiting address:
Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget)

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Tel. +47 73 59 79 00
Fax. +47 73 59 79 20