January 31, 2014

Loitering with Intent: A Feast of Research

Stockholm University of the Arts
The Dinner Club. Photo by Wolfgang Leinbacher.

Stockholm University of the Arts and the international Society for Artistic Research (SAR) announce a major artistic research event for 2014: Loitering with Intent: A Feast of Research (5–7 March 2014).

Loitering with Intent brings together Stockholm University of the Arts and the Society for Artistic Research to explore formats for sharing knowledge that emerge from artistic research practices.

Stockholm University of the Arts (Uniarts) was inaugurated on 1 January as part of the Swedish government’s on-going initiative to promote artistic research. The new university constitutes a merger of DOCH, the University of Dance and Circus, the University College of Opera, and the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, creating a dynamic driving force in the advancement of artistic knowledge as well as a leading international artistic research milieu.

The Society for Artistic Research (SAR) is an international, non-profit organisation that nurtures, connects and disseminates artistic research as specific practices of creating knowledge and insight. SAR facilitates encounters for its community of artistic practitioners in the pursuit of transformative understanding that impacts on political and societal processes as well as on cultures of research and learning. SAR’s main activities are currently supporting and developing the Journal for Artistic Research and the Research Catalogue.

Loitering with Intent will inaugurate Uniarts’ new premises at Linnégatan 87 in central Stockholm. This distinctive building will be the centre of the three-day event spanning three floors. The days will be framed by the artist collective Poste Restante and offer the participants a variety of presentation formats, including performances and exhibitions of research projects, collaboration counselling, installations, Open Space seminars, readings of JAR, workshops, and discussions of the learning needs of artistic researchers.

Loitering with Intent foregrounds performative modes of exposing practice as research and the importance of face-to-face discussion between all present about how and why artists do research. Loitering with Intent thus understands itself as a Feast of Research, seeking to celebrate the fragile balance between sensory, situated and spoken forms of knowledge.

The event features parallel sessions and runs from 17:30hr on 5 March to late 7 March. To date, invited artists include Henrik Agger, Louise Bjurholm, Magnus Bärtås, Nils Claesson, Florian Dombois, Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, Paul Landon, Brita Lemmens, Tero Nauha, Kirsi Nevanti, Poste Restante, Michael Schwab, Koen Vanmechelen, Magnus William Olsson, Rasmus Ölme, and more.

On Friday afternoon a round table discussion has been scheduled with EPARM members (“Islands and Bridges”).

The event will be followed by the annual Members Meeting of the Society for Artistic Research (10–13hr, 8 March 2014, at the same venue).

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During the event, there will be opportunities to explore the potential of the SAR Research Catalogue (RC) through hands-on workshops and discussions with its designers. To participate in these workshops you are encouraged to register (cost free) for the RC via this link:

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