Seminar 1 - Norwegian Artistic Research School

The seminar focus on theory relating to artistic research. At the seminar, we discuss the origins and historical development of artistic research. Different national and international models for artistic research will be presented and discussed, with particular emphasis on what is distinctive about ‘The Norwegian Model’.

What is the difference between research into, for and through the arts? What is the connection between artistic research and artistic practice? Which research topics and questions are dealt with in artistic research and what characterises knowledge production? Key concepts in artistic research – nationally and internationally – are also elaborated on.

Seminar information


  • Who can attend?

    Research fellows participating in the Norwegian Artistic Research School.  Recommended time is first semester.

  • Learning outcome
    • masters fundamental theory for artistic research  
    • can describe the diversity in theories and methods in artistic research, and reflect on and argue for choices of methods and processes in own artistic research 
  • Work and teaching methods

    Digital seminar with preparatory assignments, lectures, presentations in varied formats, plenary discussions and discussions in groups.

  • Coursework requirements

    Before the seminar, all participants need to:

    1) Read the literature on the mandatory reading list.

    2) Submit an abstract in English of your project (max 500 words) to by January 5, 2021.

    3) Provide a small example from your work: This should only give others a glimpse into the project, a sense of the identity of the project or simply make them curious.

    • Depending on the project, this can be in the form of an image, video, sound file, text or mixed media.
    • If delivered in writing, a text of no more than 100-200 words is expected.
    • If delivered as media files or a mixed media exposition, it should take no more than 1-2 min for others to study the material.
    • The deadline for submitting this is January 5, 2021.
    • Material is to be sent to as a PDF or as a link to online mixed or multimedia material.


    4) All participants must study each other's material in advance of the workshop in preparation for discussions and feedback. The material will be distributed a week before the seminar.

  • Reading list

    • Borgdorff, H. (2011): The production of knowledge in artistic reseach. In M. Biggs & H. Karlsson (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts. London: Routledge. P. 44-63). Retrieved from: 

    • Kjørup, S. (2006): Another Way of Knowing: Baumgarten, Aesthetics, and the Concept of Sensuous Cognition. In: Sensuous knowledge 1, Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Retrieved from: 

    • Malterud, N. (2012): Artistic research - necesarry and challenging. In Nordic Journal of Art and Research, 1 (1). (pp. 57-68). Oslo and Akershus University College. Retrieved from:  (English) (Norwegian).

    Recommended reading:

    • Borgdorff, H. (2013): The conflict of the faculties. On theory, practice and research in professional arts academies. Chapter 1 in The Conflict of the Faculties. Perspectives on Artistic Research and Academia. Leiden University Press. P- 16-26. Retrieved from: 

  • Program

    Monday 18 January, 2021:

    • 10.00 – 10.15 Welcome and introduction to the Norwegian Artistic Research School, Anne-Helen Mydland and Linda Lien
    • 10.15 – 11.00 Artistic Research at the Doctoral Level – An Overview, Nina Malterud
    • 11.00 - 11.30 Conversation between Nina Malterud and Trond Lossius - questions and comments
    • 11:30 – 12.00 Break
    • 12.00 – 13.00 The HyPer(sonal) Piano Project. Research fellowship project presented by graduated research fellow Morten Qvenild
    • 13.00 – 13.15 Break
    • 13.15 – 14.30 Workshop 1 (project examples)
    • 14.30 – 14.45 Break
    • 14.45 –  15.15 Plenum session - summing up


    Tuesday 19 January, 2021

    • 10.00 – 10.45 Introduction to methodology in Artistic Research. Trond Lossius 
    • 10.45 – 11.30 Group work session. Group discussions on Artistic Research methods. 3 groups, led by Trond Lossius, Jostein Gundersen, Linda Lien
    • 11:30 – 12:00 Break
    • 12:00 – 13:00 Workshop 2 (methods)
    • 13.00 – 13.15 Break
    • 13.15 – 14.45 Workshop 3 (open up the project to others - when, where, and how)
    • 14.45 –  15.15 Plenum session - summing up


    Wednesday 20 January, 2021

    • 10.00 – 11:15 The research fellowship project as a starting point - an illustrated conversation between Morten Quenlid, Jostein Gundersen, and Ane Thon Knutsen
    • 11.15 – 11.30 Break
    • 11.30 – 12.30 Workshop 4 (abstracts)
    • 12.30 - 13.00 Break
    • 13.00 – 13.30 Summary from workshops/discussions, moderator: Linda Lien
    • 13.30 - 14.30 A  printing press of one´s own. Research fellowship project presented by graduated fellow Ane Thon Knutsen
    • 14.30 - 15.00 What´s next? Seminar 2 and Artistic Research Spring Forum: What to expect and what to prepare, Annette Arlander and Geir Ivar Strøm
    • 15.00  15.15 Closing session
  • Seminar contributors
    • Linda Lien (seminar leader)
    • Jostein Gundersen
    • Nina Malterud
    • Trond Lossius
    • Morten Qvenild
    • Ane Thon Knutsen
  • Norwegian Artistic Research School

    Norwegian Artistic Research School offers through seminars, meetings and conferences joint training for doctoral fellows in Artistic Research.

    Read more about the Norwegian Artistic Research School here

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Dec 18, 2020 11:00 PM
From: Jan 18, 2021 10:00 AM
To: Jan 20, 2021 3:15 PM
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