March 31, 2003 - Global Vernunft - Artistic Research in Amsterdam
March 31, 2003

Artistic Research in Amsterdam

Artistic Research in Amsterdam
11/04/2003 - 12/04/2003

Project: Currently, advanced art education is in the process of developing (PhD level) research programs throughout Europe. The project Artistic Research will delve into the question of that research and also investigate related subject matters. After all, research as such is often understood as a method stemming from the alpha, beta, and gamma sciences directed towards knowledge production and the development of a certain scientific domain. How is artistic research connected with those types of scientific research, taking into account that the artistic domain so far has tended to continually exceed the modernistic parameters of knowledge management? One could claim that the artistic field comprises the hermeneutic questions of the humanities, the experimental method of the sciences, and the societal commitment of the social sciences. Will that knowledge influence the domain, the methodology, and the outcome of artistic research? Another main topic concerns not only the specificity of the object of knowledge of artistic research but above all whether and how artistic research and its institutional programs will influence topical visual art, its artworks and its exhibitions. These issues will be investigated in a preliminary workshop, a public symposium, and a publication (Fall 2003).

Place & Time:

Symposium, Maison Descartes, Vijzelgracht 2, Amsterdam.

April 11 and 12, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.

Participants: Annette Balkema (Lier en Boog editor, Amsterdam), Anke Bangma (Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam), Koen Brams (Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht), Santiago Eraso (Arteleku, San Sebastian), Massimiliano Gioni (curator, Manifesta 5), Mika Hannula (Helsinki School of Art), Jean-Baptiste Joly (Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart), Jan Kaila (Helsinki School of Art), Marta Kuzma (curator Manifesta 5), Sarat Maharaj (Goldsmiths College, London), Multipoint (Erban, Nantes), Tuomas Nevanlinna (Helsinki School of Art), Els van Odijk (Rijksakademie, Amsterdam), Gertrud Sandqvist (Malmo School of Art), Henk Slager (coordinator project, Barbara Vander-linden (Roommade, Brussels), Leire Vergara (curator,D.A.E., San Sebastian).

Preliminary workshop:

Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, February 7th.

Participants: James McAllister, Hermann Pitz, Annemie van Kerckhoven, Gerard de Vries and artists in residence.

Reservations before April 7, Maison Descartes, tel. 020-5319511, e-mail:

Project Information (Global Vernunft Foundation):

Project in collaboration with ECI-NL (VCH De Brakke Grond, The British Council, The Finnish Cultural Institute for Benelux, Goethe Institut, Maison Descartes, Instituto Cervantes, Instituto Italiano di Cultura) and Global Vernunft Foundation.

Support: International Foundation Manifesta, NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research), The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, and The Mondriaan Foundation.

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