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’. The seminar is digital.

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 15 April.

    3) Listening to one freely chosen podcast from Artistic Research Africa Dialogues.

    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 15 April.
    • 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 research. 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 - necessary and challenging. In Nordic Journal of Art and Research, 1 (1). (pp. 57-68). Oslo and Akershus University College. Retrieved from: (English) (Norwegian).

    Listening to one freely chosen podcast from Artistic Research Africa Dialogues

    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 26 April 2021:

    • 09:30 - 10.00: Zoom is open - informal conversations and coffees
    • 10.00 – 10.10 Welcome and introduction to the Norwegian Artistic Research School
    • 10.10 - 10.15: The five minutes method
    • 10.15 – 10.45 Artistic Research at the Doctoral Level – short presentation and start-up discussion
    • 11.45 - 11.00 Break
    • 11.00 - 12.00 Workshop (two groups) - please be prepared to share/show your project example
    • 12.00 – 12.45 Lunch break
    • 12.45 – 13.30 Workshop continues
    • 13:30 – 14.00 Break
    • 14.00 – 16.30 Participating in halfway evaluation. Please note that this session lasts until 16:30 and is an integrated external event. The link will be shared in the seminar. 


    Tuesday 27 April 2021:

    • 09:30 - 10.00: Zoom is open - informal conversations and coffees
    • 10.00 – 11.00 Introduction to methodology in Artistic Research, Trond Lossius 
    • 11.00 – 11.15 Break
    • 11.15 – 12.15 The HyPer(sonal) Piano Project. Research fellowship project presented by graduated research fellow Morten Qvenild, followed by discussion
    • 12:15 – 13:00 Lunch brea
    • 13.00 – 14.00 A printing press of one's own. Research fellowship project presented by graduated research fellow Ane Thon Knutsen, followed by discussion
    • 14.00 - 14.15 Break
    • 14.15 - 15.15 Discussion
    • 15.15 - 15.30 Closing session: What's next? Upcoming seminars and forums: What to expect and what to prepare?


  • Seminar contributors
    • Linda Lien (seminar leader)
    • Trond Lossius
    • Ane Thon Knutsen
    • Jostein Gundersen
    • Morten Qvenild
  • 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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Registration deadline:
Apr 11, 2021
From: Apr 26, 2021
To: Apr 27, 2021
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