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Editorial

The publication of this inaugural issue of the Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) coincides with a moment at which the term ‘artistic research’ has become ubiquitous. For some, this moment represents success, since, particularly in institutional environments, the production of objects, events or concepts is starting to lose its grip on the less tangible, intellectual and open-ended requirements of practice. For others this moment is viewed less favourably and represents an erosion of art’s perceived autonomy and efficacy. The argument being that, with ‘research’, political and bureaucratic interests have embedded a new and foreign term into art, through which they can operate. ‘Artistic research’, however, is not just another word for ‘practice’; nor is it aligned per se with dominant political agendas: it is a term that has been, and still is, suspended in its definition.Click here to Read More

An Alphabet for the Nose Sissel Tolaas

Given that our societies have developed a language for colour, it is remarkable that we have not yet developed one for smell. Generally, when we categorize smells we only use the subjective connotations ‘like it’ or ‘don’t like it’...

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The contribution consists of a nine-minute video Room and a text entitled ’What Does Silence Sound Like?’ The video records changes that take place in a bedroom after the occupant’s death...

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The interactive installation Double Skin/ Double Mind is a virtual interactive version of the Double Skin/Double Mind workshop. This workshop, which has been taught by dance company Emio Greco | PC since 1996...

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This exposition discusses the performance Song No 3 in the context of research into the use of loudspeakers and microphones as musical instruments, and analyses what kind of categories of movements are generally used in music as well as how these different categories are connected to each other....

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Diagrammatic Praxis Sher Doruff

Diagrammatic Praxis was a post-doctoral research process drawing upon applied concepts of the diagram previously explored in my dissertation, ‘The Translocal Event and the Polyrhythmic Diagram.’ As a researcher in the Art, Research...

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In this presentation I will discuss some associative thoughts and preliminary results arising in connection with the forthcoming production of new stage-settings of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Albinoni’s ‘Adagio’. The goal is to re-read and re-set the music...

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In 2006, together with a group of collaborators, representatives from two Cape Town-based performance companies with connections to the University of Cape Town, I set out to create a production on the history of slavery at the Cape...

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A Performance with an Ocean View (and a Dog/for a Dog) – II Memo of Time is a pair of performances where the basis of the presentation is weather, time, potentiality and non-human co-actors...

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Research Navigations Otto von Busch

In artistic research, the ‘reflective practice’ promoted by Donald Schön (1983) runs the risk of mere self-gratification. More perspectives need to be put into the equation, into something more ‘diffractive’, as Donna Haraway (1997) would say...

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‘staats-theater: Lagos/Teheran/Berlin’ is a modular art and research project initiated by Berlin based video artists Daniel Kötter and Constanze Fischbeck in collaboration with performers and architects from Lagos, Tehran, and Berlin, as well as the collective Hunter & ...

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The exposition contextualises a set of artworks that reflect on the notion of error both scientific and political - and the epistemological implications of partisanship. The artworks juxtapose diverse historical contexts, which might or might not share actual causal linkages...

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There is a moment that paddlers and rowers all know, the pause between one stroke and the next, a kind of suspension of things when trajectory takes over from purposeful endeavour and the future belongs to the gods, or, to be more precise the designer of the hull...

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