Henk Borgdorff: Artistic Research within the Fields of Science

Artistic research versus scientific research; In the past 10 to 15 years, much has been said and written about artistic research, in relation to both philosophy of science and educational politics. A recurrent theme is to compare it with, or distinguish it from, what is generally understood as scientific or academic research.

Artistic Research within the Fields of Science

Henk Borgdorff (2009)
ISSN 1890-2154

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This is the sixth edition in the Sensuous Knowledge series. The text is a revised version of a keynote speech held by Henk Borgdorff at the conference Sensuous Knowledge 4: Context, Concept and Creativity. An international conference on Fundamental Problems of Artistic Research and Development, Solstrand, Norway 7 – 9 November 2007. Borgdorff has also published an earlier edition in the series titled The Debate on Research in the Arts in 2006.

Excerts from the text:
In the past 10 to 15 years, much has been said and written about artistic research, in relation to both philosophy of science and educational politics. A recurrent theme is to compare it with, or distinguish it from, what is generally understood as scientific or academic research. Can we identify elements of similarity or difference with respect to research in fields like humanities or natural sciences? Wherein lies the specific nature of artistic research? Is that in the research object – the uniqueness of artistic practice, of the work of art, of the creative process? Or does it lie in the research process – in the course it follows, the working procedures, the methods? Or, from a third point of view, does artistic research seek to reveal a special form of knowledge – tacit, practical, nonconceptual, nondiscursive, sensory knowledge, as embodied in artistic products and processes?

What is artistic research all about? It is about cutting-edge developments in the discipline that we may broadly refer to as ‘art’. It is about the development of talent and expertise in that area. It is about articulating knowledge and understandings as embodied in artworks and creative processes. It is about searching, exploring and mobilising – sometimes drifting, sometimes driven – in the artistic domain. It is about creating new images, narratives, sound worlds, experiences.

It is about broadening and shifting our perspectives, our horizons. It is about constituting and accessing uncharted territories. It is about organised curiosity, about reflexivity and engagement. It is about connecting knowledge, morality, beauty and everyday
life in making and playing, creating and performing. It is about ‘disposing the spirit to Ideas’ through artistic practices and products. This is what we mean when we use the term ‘artistic research’.

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Publisert: 05.08.2010 av admin Oppdatert: 19.03.2015 av admin