March 19, 2021

Society for Artistic Research (SAR), International Conference on Artistic Research: “care, dare and share”

University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Hanne Pilgrim, Adrian Artacho, Social d[ist]ancing. Courtesy Hanne Pilgrim and Adrian Artacho.

Rodriguez, The Slum. Credit: Archivo Instituto Bartolome De Las Casas.

University of Applied Arts Vienna. Courtesy University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Shay Welch, Choreography as Embodied Critical Inquiry. Courtesy Shay Welch.

Martin Morawek, Empty Lounge. Courtesy Martin Morawek.

mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Future Art Lab. Photo: Hertha Hurnaus.

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Courtesy Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

From April 7 to 9, 2021, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw) will be hosting the 12th International Conference on Artistic Research of the Society for Artistic Research (SAR) in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. This will be the first time, the prestigious Society for Artistic Research (SAR) conference takes place virtually, with some 40 topical contributions from international participants, thematically oriented around three central “attractors”: "care, dare and share". The conference will showcase works, methods, discoveries, knowledge-interventions, findings, forms of understanding, and efforts to support the exchange of experience in ways that may be simple or complex, conventional or unconventional, fragile or robust.

From 145 submissions through an international call, some 40 contributions were selected, representing the most diverse array of current disciplines and research approaches.

This year’s keynotes will be given by Emma Cocker (associate professor, fine art, Nottingham Trent University), Liza Lim (professor of composition, Sculthorpe Chair of Australian Music, Sydney Conservatorium of Music), and Jyoti Mistry (professor of film at the University of Gothenburg).

The conference contributions—whether pre-recorded or broadcast live—will be available to view and listen to on the conference's online platform. The discussion will focus on illuminating the relevance to the “thematic attractors” of the conference, exploring the connections between artistic practice and reflexive enquiry, questioning the social relevance of artistic research, as well as the diverse methods of research and communication. Ultimately, this will reveal how artistic choices, methods, ethical issues, challenges of collaboration, dissemination, documentation and other watershed moments were addressed in the respective projects.

The Society for Artistic Research (SAR) is an international non-profit, artistic and scientific society devoted to developing, connecting and disseminating internationally artistic research as a specific practice of knowledge production. SAR facilitates a range of 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.

Conference programme and registration.

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