I. International institutions and networks on artistic research
Alternative doctoral models

  1. EARN (European Artistic Research Network)
    was established in 2004 to share and exchange knowledge and experience in artistic research; foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among art researchers; promote wider dissemination of artistic research; and enable global connectivity and exchange for artistic research.
  2. FeinArt
    This is the first EU funded network to provide a wide-ranging academic and non-academic training program for the development and production of social engaged art in Europe. The training program will co-ordinate an extensive critical analysis and gathering of data about the contemporary role, impact, and networks of distribution of socially engaged art.
  3. SARN – The Swiss Artistic Research Network
    represents artists and researchers from the seven Swiss Universities of the Arts as well as independent artists and researchers engaged in artistic research. It promotes the significance of artistic research in the arts, other fields of academia and wider societal contexts in Switzerland and internationally. SARN seeks to enrich conditions and contexts for artistic researchers in Switzerland through open exchange, work group activities, publications, workshops and symposia. SARN facilitates debate and dialogue about issues concerning artistic research between artistic research communities, institutions of higher education, foundations and public and private competence centers.
  1. Creator Doctus (CrD)
    Our ambition with this Creator Doctus project (co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union) is to enable Higher Arts Education Institutions in all countries signed up to the Bologna Declaration to be able to independently enter into the 3rd Cycle level with an award recognised at the same level of, and equivalent to, PhD.
    Jeroen Boomgard: https://research.louisiana.dk/videos/jeroen-boomgaard#.YQ1kXNMzZGG
  1. Emerging models for Artistic Research across Europe
    Europe is brimming with publications, seminars, symposiums and exhibitions on artistic research and the number of artists in doctoral studies has grown exponentially. It remains to be seen whether this new paradigm will settle into universities and artistic programmes as a kind of eccentricity or whether it will develop into a dynamo or catalyst for a more general trend towards research orientation in the arts world and beyond…
  2. SHARE
    is an international networking project comprising 39 partners from across Europe working together on enhancing the 3rd cycle of arts research and education in Europe.
    SHARE is jointly coordinated by GradCAM, the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (Dublin) and ELIA, the European League of Institute of the Arts.
  1. Nida Doctoral School
    In Nida, we explore unorthodox approaches to research. Through making, performing, writing and discussing, we test the possibilities for generating knowledge outside the conventional venues and models of academic research. Nida Doctoral School (NDS) participants are offered a possibility to position their own research and practice within a broader field of research approaches.
  2. SAR – Society for Artistic Research
    promotes practices of artistic research as undertaken both in and outside academic institutions. We facilitate co-operation and communication through conferences and meetings, and disseminate knowledge on artistic research practices and results. We encourage risk-taking, quality research.
  3. Portal for artistic research activities in Finland
  4. Research at the Rietveld Academy – The Netherlands
    The Lectoraat Art & Public Space (LAPS) carries out research on the functioning of art in the public space and the way in which art is made public. LAPS also encourages teachers and students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA) to undertake theoretical and practice based research projects. The objective of LAPS is to form a bridge between practical and theoretical education.
  5. openresearch.amsterdam (DUTCH)
    is a digital platform for research, knowledge, and innovation about Amsterdam and the metropolitan area. The goal of the platform is to share knowledge, to show relations between different kinds of knowledge, and to work together in research projects.

II. Conferences, symposia, resources, repositories

  1. Art&Research (French/audio)
    ENSAPC – Paris, 9-10 February, 2012,

    L’ambition de ce colloque qui, sous des formes multiples, sollicitera les arts visuels et les autres arts, est donc de faire le point, au sens optique et intellectuel du terme, sur le nouveau paysage de la recherche artistique tel qu’il se dessine en France et à l’étranger.
  1. The Research Catalogue (RC)

    is a non-commercial, collaboration and publishing platform for artistic research provided by the Society for Artistic Research. The RC is free to use for artists and researchers. It serves also as a backbone for teaching purposes, student assessment, peer review workflows and research funding administration. It strives to be an open space for experimentation and exchange.
  1. ELIA Library
    All documents in our database are listed below. Please note that they are sorted alphabetically, and grouped by category.
  1. Publication series of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
    The volumes in the series comprise collected contributions on subjects that are the focus of discourse in terms of art theory, cultural studies, art history, and research at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and form the quintessence of international study and discussion taking place in the respective fields. Each volume is published in the form of an anthology edited by staff members of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
  2. Artistic Research in Film Conference 2021
    IKF Institute for Artistic Research at Film University Babelsberg
    Filmic narratives and imageries are shaping reality under new auspices. Artistic research in the medium of film reflects and co-designs this change in its relationship to social politics and economics, science and tech development.
  3. Art of Research – Authorship and Responsibility,
    Aalto University 2020

    The 7th Art of Research Conference addresses the varied collaborative and individual working situations of researcher artists, designers and architects. The theme connects to questions of singular authorship, shared authorship, lost authorship, invisible or uncredited authorship, participatory conditions, co-creation, inclusion and exclusion – that is, with the potentiality of one’s individual or shared praxis. These questions intertwine with the essential questions of power, control and responsibility, which accompany the acknowledgement that we inhabit this planet with other people, species and materials.
  4. Doing artistic research – symposium on artistic research practices, Research center for Arts, Autonomy and public sphere, Maastricht 2018
    How can artistic research be done? What sensitivities, methodologies, and collaborations emerge in practices of artistic research? On March 20th, a symposium on artistic research took place at the Faculty of the Arts, Maastricht. Showcasing a variety of concrete projects, the symposium aimed to articulate some characteristics of a typical Maastricht style of doing artistic research.
  5. Sher Doruff: Artistic Res/Arch:
    The propositional experience of mattering
    SLSAeu Riga Keynote: 19 June 2010
    I would like to offer my zoomed-in developing thoughts on the wonderfully nebulous how of practice as research in the arts with the back channel of how this how is situated, the bigger picture or context of the ethical, social, and political transformations of education in our present cognitive capitalist reality.
  6. Speculative science, threshold experiences and transubjectivities
    Keynote lecture: Lisa Blackman, 2017
    CARPA5 is the 5th Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts organized by the
    Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke) in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts.

III. Essays, studies on artistic research,
research based art, art based research (ABR)

  1. Introduction to ArtsBased Research
    by Patricia Leavy. Excerpt from the: Handbook of Arts-Based Research
    (2017, Guilford Publications) Ed. Patricia Leavy.
  2. Henk Slager: The pleasure of Research
    (Hate Cantz, 2015)
    The book delves into issues such as knowledge production, artistic thinking, medium-specificity, and context-responsiveness. How do these issues connect to the current state of art education and artistic research? A starting point for the publication is a series of curatorial projects by Henk Slager in various parts of the world: Flash Cube (Leeum Seoul 2007), Trans Local Motion (Shanghai Biennale 2008), Nameless Science (Apexart New York 2009), As the Academy Turns (Manifesta 2010), Any Medium Whatever (Venice Biennale 2011), Doing Research (Documenta 2012), Offside Effect (Tbilisi Triennial 2012), Joyful Wisdom (Istanbul Biennale 2013), and Aesthetic Jam (Taipei Biennale 2014). The author argues that artistic research should foreshadow a gaya scienza: a temporary autonomous activity where intellectual pleasure and an experimental method invigorate forms of research and thought.
    At the Intersection of Utopia, Academia and Power,
    ed: Jan Kaila, Anita Seppä, Henk Slager,
    (The Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki 2017)
    Futures of Artistic Research is a collection of essays that brings into focus and explains the actual significance and future possibilities of the experimental exercises and critiques emerging across the field of artistic research. Designed to raise challenging discussions and to stimulate and push further the already existing ones, the book is structured around seven main questions/topics that are, at the moment, of interest to a wide interdisciplinary field of scholars, curators, and artists.
  4. Printed Project: ‘The New PhD in Studio Art’ – Issue 04,
    excerpt: Curator/Editor James Elkins
    (Sculptors’ Society of Ireland, 2005)
    This is a revised and expanded version of a talk I gave in fall 2003. 1 My notion was to describe the practice-based PhD degree in a neutral fashion, as a kind of philosophic problem. I left aside all the pressing problems of the job market. I did not mention the fact that the new degrees have spread quickly in the UK in part because departments get funding based on how many advanced students they have, and that PhD students genera te more money than MA students. I didn’t raise the question of whether or not graduates with th e new degrees would have an unfair advantage over those with MFAs- and even that they might compete for two jobs at once, one in their chosen artistic medium, and the other in their academic field. And I didn’t say anything about whether most student artists at the MFA or MA level are capable of writing 50,000 word dissertations or doing PhD level research.
  5. Open source /sharing knowledge in artistic research
    SARN: Swiss Artistic Research Network
    The booklet is one of a series of reflections from the SARN-workshops compiled to capture the seriousness as well as the dynamic lightness of the work and to present some issues of Artistic Research in a comprehensible manner to an audience interested in tapping into and continuing the discussions.
  6. Artists digging up contaminated soil
    Uniarts Helsinki, 2019 / Research Pavillon Venice
    Artistic research does not provide ready-made answers, but instead raises important questions. Artist researchers are currently interested in global topics such as climate change and migration.

IV. Journals, resources

  1. Art/Research International
    is a forum dedicated to exploring and advancing art as and/or within the research process across disciplines and internationally. (peer reviewed, open source), ISSN 2371-3771
  2. The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)
    is an international, online, open access and peer-reviewed journal that disseminates artistic research from all disciplines. JAR invites the ever-increasing number of artistic researchers to develop what for the sciences and humanities are standard academic publication procedures. It serves as a meeting point of diverse practices and methodologies in a field that has become a worldwide movement with many local activities.
  3. MaHKUscript – Journal of Fine Art Research
    is a peer-reviewed international platform for artists, curators, theorists, research students and educators who consciously integrate research in their working practice. MaHKUscript focuses on the situation and position of research in the current Fine Art domain. Starting from the specificity of Fine Art practice it investigates the meaning of research for art, education, dissemination and the development of topical curatorial strategies.
  4. VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research
    is a digital journal presenting artistic research with a special emphasis on the Nordic region.
  1. A journal of ideas, Contexts and methods
    (Glasgow School of Art, since 2006) 
  1. Research in Arts and Education
    is an international open-access academic journal that has served as a platform for critical comprehension of art theory and practice within education since 2004. Initially the journal had gained a name “Synnyt/Origins: Finnish Studies in Art Education”, which in Fall of 2019 was changed to “Research in Arts and Education”.
  1. SHARE – Handbook for artistic research education
    This handbook for artistic research education is the outcome of three years of work by the SHARE network. It is a poly-vocal document, designed as a contribution to the field of artistic research education from an organizational, procedural and practical standpoint.

V. Papers, works and contributions
by international doctoral students

  1. 4th Conference on Arts-based Research and Artistic Research
    Rethinking arts-based research, artistic research – and global/local communities. School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland
    (June 28-30, 2016).
    Abstracts, presentations and/or full papers
  2. ARIAS
    Platform for Research through the Arts and Sciences – Amsterdam, NL
  3. Aalto University Research portal
    Architecture, Design, Art:
  4. International Center for knowledge in the Arts
    The International Center for Knowledge in the Arts was founded in October 2019 as a cross-institutional entity by the Danish institutions of higher arts education and anchored at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. It is a place where the common interests of the disciplines of fine arts, film, music and performing arts come together and where current issues relating to artistic research and transdisciplinary knowledge creation are put up for debate.

VI. Methodologies

  1. Wilkinson&Birmingham:
    Using research instruments – a guide for researchers,
    (RoutledgeFalmer, 2003)
    Clear, accessible and practical, Using Research Instruments: A Guide for Researchers introduces the first-time researcher to the various instruments used in social research. It assesses the relative merits of a broad range of research instruments – from the wellestablished to the innovative – enabling readers to decide which are particularly well suited to their own research.
  2. Hannula&Suoranta&Vaden:
    Artistic research theories, methods and practices
    (Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland and University of Gothenburg, Sweden 2005)

    The present book surveys the whole scope of the still young field, in terms of its theoretical background, methods and practices. The idea is to provide an extensive methodological manual for all who are active and interested in artistic research. The book is addressed to all participants across the domain, from practicing artists already doing research or starting to be interested in research practices to supervisors and professors crediting and tutoring these activities. But foremost this book is addressed to the potential students and researchers in this heterogeneous field, at both the Master of Arts and Ph.D. levels.
  3. Hannula&Suoranta&Vaden:
    Artistic Research Methodology. Narrative, Power and the Public

    (Peter Lang, 2014)
    In this book, we discuss not so much the arts themselves but the methodology of artistic research. To put it in a nutshell, the core message of the book is as follows: artistic research ! art and art making. Thus we are not interested here in taking part in the well-worn discussions on the arts and art making (frequently understood as artistic creativity and originality) or their intrinsic value. Instead, we try to advance research on the arts in the academic context and for the audiences around academia, that is, to contribute to the development of the research culture of the area.
  4. Work and projects in the Lab Non-Textual Materials
    TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology
    The Lab Non-Textual Materials focuses on developing innovative solutions to problems in the areas of collecting, indexing, providing and (digitally) archiving non-textual materials. In future, it should be possible for such material to be published, located, cited and made available on a permanent basis as easily as textual documents.
  1. Vytautas Michelkevicius: Mapping Artistic Research.
    Towards Diagrammatic Knowing
    (Vilnius Academy of Arts Press, 2018)
    Map! Unroll! Translate! Visualize! Contour! Outline! Practice! – how can we do artistic research as artists, curators, social sciences and humanities researchers? This book maps the field of artistic research and its manifestations in 3 contexts: contemporary art, PhD education and research in academia. Employing both methods of interdisciplinary postdoctoral research and practice-based (curatorial) research, it outlines the most sensitive issues in artistic research: relationship of theory and practice, connections to art practice and usual modes of research, knowledge and knowing production, changing identities of artists and researchers, etc. Vytautas Michelkevičius employs diagrammatic take on artistic research. Both in a way that knowing of this subject is still diagrammatic (kind of imaginary and not yet final) and that some statements here are exposed in 25 diagrams. It opens up perspectives of artistic research not only for artists but also for curators as well as social sciences and humanities researchers.
    ”Artistic research” has recently become a trendy word in the circles of higher art education. It has many faces and there is no mutual agreement between artists, theorists, and science and education politicians policymakers about on its precise definition. The goal of this paper is to try to answer what shape artistic research might be and what kind of opportunities it has to solve artistic and scientific issues. The arguments are based on personal experience and reflections on collective artistic research project “Mapping Lithuanian Photography: Histories and Archives”, also known as photo/carto/historio/graphies. This project was implemented in 2007, and a retrospective look helped to identify 4 possible artistic research methods: imaginary, spatial, performative and editorial.