The problem of artistic research


Although almost every debate about artistic research highlights its novelty in references to «uncertainty», »indefinability», and to its lack of identity whilst «bound to a tradition external to itself», this novelty has lasted for a few decades already. Many of the problems raised today are to be found back when research and art education began to relate within the academic context in the 1980s. So where is the speculative discussion on its uncertainty taking artistic research to? Is a solution intended to be found? Is there a problem to be solved? 

Through ‘productivitism’ this text argues that the aprioristic idea that artistic research is problematic has been securing its state of pendency and increasing its fragility. The final part of the article suggests a creative potential and a challenging dimension in the process of institutionalization, and ends by pointing out possible topics of work for a shared agenda with contemporary art. 


Keywords: Novelty, Uncertainty, Pendency, Productivitism, Artistic research

Year 2015
Type Journal Article with peer review
Publication Sisyphus - Journal of Education, 3(1)
Pages 136-171
Publisher Instituto de Educação da Universidade de Lisboa
Ed/Org Catarina Silva Martins & Thomas S. Popkewitz
ISBN / ISSN ISSN: 2182-8474
Language English