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Methods in artistic research

Een ARIA Onderzoeksseminarie 2018-2019 (overzicht lezingen Conservatorium onderaan)

Onderzoeker: Adilia Yip

In this seminar, PhD student Adilia Yip invites artistic researchers to discuss their methods. Method is the framework for the activities undertaken during the research, and the steering wheel guiding how to recognise, collect, organise, understand, explain, analyse and evaluate the research data, experience, idea, practice and phenomenon. Method may take the form of experimentation, hypothesis, theorisation and creation, as well as documenting the experiences of entering an unknown territory, or digging deeper into the core of what has been believed and practised for a long time. Method is, therefore, considered the supporter and stimulator of the researcher's intuitive ideas.

As method in artistic research can take shape through a vast array of approaches and structures, it seems that no two artistic research methods are identical. Method is idiosyncratic in nature and its configuration is always up to the researcher. He/she is given the legitimate freedom to design the method that helps to find answers and explore new knowledge. Yet, we are often left with questions and doubts about the sustainability, practicality, effectiveness and feasibility of method. And how do we know this is "the way" that can direct us to the answers to our central research questions?

  • What is method in artistic research?
  • How do you formulate method?
  • Can one artistic research method be transferred to other research and remain sustainable in the future?
  • Can we evaluate the quality of a method?

Contributions by:

Prof. Kathleen Coessens (philosopher, artist and artistic researcher, Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels and Orpheus Research Centre in Music, Chairlady of artistic research group CORPoREAL, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp)
Dr. Michael Schwab (artist and editor-in-chief Journal for Artistic Research (JAR))
Dr. Wei-ya Lin (viola player, ethnomusicologist and artistic researcher/ University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna)


11:00 - 11:30  Adilia Yip, Opening speech - All facets of method
11:30 - 12:15  Kathleen Coessens, Keynote - Embodied knowledge
12:15 - 12:35  Eric Thielemans (KA/KCA, percussionist), Improvisation
12:35 - 12:55  Neal Leemput (KCA, theater & performer), The legibility of non-normative body images in theater
12:55 - 14:00  Lunch
14:00 - 14:45  Wei-ya Lin, Keynote - Connecting ethnomusicology and practice-based research
14:45 - 15:05  Adilia Yip, The artist’s self in cross-cultural artistic research
Science, systematic analysis and experimentation in artistic research

15:05 - 15:25  Ned McGowan (docARTES, flutist & composer), Speed in Music, Brain and Body
15:25 - 15:45  Coffee break
15:45 - 16:30  Michael Schwab, Keynote - Artistic experimentation
16:30 - 16:50  Umut Riza Eldem (KCA, composer), Consolidating the Artistic and the Scientific
16:50 - 17:10  Giusy Caruso (IPEM, pianist), My Avatar and me: a method to assist contemporary music performers in monitoring their artistic process
17:10 - 18:00  Concluding discussion 

Venue: Witte Zaal, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, 11:00 - 18:00

More info and call for contributions on the Methods in Artistic Research website.

Register for this free seminar via University Antwerp