What kind of output are you expecting from your LAB?


According to its institutional location and focus, the LAB can create output on several different levels in the future. To discuss this outcome, we will proceed from the personal results for participating students to the possible results in the field of culture and educational policy. At the student level, the LAB will encourage participants to follow their artistic and research questions, and provide a programme for further qualification. This programme will help them not only to create better artistic and research work, but also to get involved in collaborative processes which strongly support their abilities in practice, research and reflection, e.g. through peer review processes. The work and output of the students can be found on the Research Catalogue portal of the alliance, which is an amazing opportunity to become visible at international peer level. International networking will be extremely helpful not only for the students but also for the institution.

This might lead to a development in some aspects of the institution’s profile and reputation. An implementation of artistic research as an alternative artistic practice model can open new professional perspectives for the students and make the academy more open to societal discourses.

Finally, the LAB and its perception within the academic framework will facilitate discussions towards a broader variety of postgradual artistic degrees
than what currently exists in the institutions of higher education in Saxony.


In directly focusing on the public and reaching out to society- based activities, the goal is to secure understanding in a wider context about diverse aspects of artistic research. AR LAB will also serve as a testing ground for a broader implementation of the outreach and outreach research activities that bridge artistic inquiry and research. Therefore, AR LAB will contribute directly to the social and community turn of artistic research.

The special role of artistic research as a testing ground for interdisciplinary and community-based research approaches and activities will help further persuade stakeholders to recognize the relevance and precise role of artistic research. It will further promote the implementation of research- and artistic research-related activities at all levels of artistic education and also provide background for the recognition of artistic research.



The CARE Project aims to build a transdisciplinary model for a common methodology of art and science research. This primary ambition will be pursued by approaching the Lab as a case study. The interaction between the fields of art and science points beyond using art merely to make science more attractive to a broader audience. To this purpose, Italian multimedia artist Cristian Rizzuti will supervise students in practical workshops and direct the creation of an art installation produced in an experimental framework, facilitated by nuclear physics.

In addition to this main goal, doctoral students and art researchers from the Academy are invited to experiment in accordance with their own artistic language and expression, considering transdisciplinarity as a model and an end goal.

All the research and the outcomes produced by CARE will be presented during a week- long Festival on Artistic Research, connected to the European Researchers’ Night on September 29.



As presented in LAB Present section, one of the institutional characteristics of the HUFA is the parallel coexistence of a wide range of media and artistic approaches: from sculpture to programming, from craft-based to performative, or from the conceptual to the applied formats. This structure obviously generates a divergence and variety of research topics and focuses, which is mostly visible among the doctoral research projects. This is due partly to the inherent complexity of art as a field, and partly to the role of individuality within the art field. Therefore the question arises: how can one single LAB structure and coordinate research activity on an institutional level?

It is obvious that neither the media nor the topics can establish a correspondence between different individual research projects.

Therefore we looked for shared elements that pointed beyond these inherent differences, and identified two of them: communication and format. Through the establishment of a discursive space and applying the metaphor of traveling, we created a special narrative framework in which the different resources and fields of each research in part could be communicated. We initiated this communicational process in order to help young researchers to identify the common fields and resources shared in their research, and to facilitate the creation of small research collectives, in which future collaboration
is possible.

Therefore the intended core output of our pilot LAB was to demonstrate the potential of collaboration as opposed to a purely individual research strategy. Since we are planning to continue our pilot LAB in the form of a seminar, we truly hope that small temporary research collectives will result from this process, which will not only benefit the individual researchers, but also contribute to the creation of a more dynamic, discursive and interconnected research environment.