La recerca artística produeix coneixement? Una distinció quíntuple

Gerard Vilar


 “Artistic research” is the buzzword that seems to bring contemporary art practices to new forms, which are more academically respectable and closer to the empirical and social sciences and humanities. The introduction of doctorates in art schools and the normalisation of school curricula in Europe because of the Bologna Process have been crucial here. Such urgencies have created enormous confusion over the meaning of “artistic research”. I would like to help bring some order to these often-contradictory voices. The value of art lies in what sets it apart from religion, science, philosophy and all other forms and products of human thought, and I believe that anyone who seeks academic recognition and the erasing of differences is confused. In this paper, I distinguish between five different concepts in the use of the expression “artistic research”:

1. Research for art, i.e. for the production of art.

2. Research on social, historical or anthropological subjects, which runs in parallel to research in the social sciences and humanities.

3. A kind of curatorial research.

4. Artistic research through art or in the medium of art, as a production of disturbances of knowledge and sensibility.

5. Last but not least, the fifth meaning is eminently philosophical and refers to the consideration of the work of art as a device for the emergence of what is not thought or said and aims to create new ways of thinking, to produce a place for what is not yet thought or said.

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artistic research, artistic knowledge, disturbances of knowledge

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