Seminar 5 - Norwegian Artistic Research School

The seminar is about the final phase of artistic research project, and the identification and sharing of the contributions to the field. Based on the research fellows’ projects, various forms of contributions are discussed, as well as different formats for final presentations, documentation and the archiving of artistic results and reflection.

Seminar information

  • Who can attend?

    Research fellows participating in the Norwegian Artistic Research School.  Fourth semester is recommended. Seminars 1–3 must be completed to qualify for participation in seminar 5.

  • Learning outcome
    • Can contribute to the discourse on artistic research
    • Can work on complex questions, and challenge established discourses and practices in the field  
    • Can share artistic research in relevant national and international contexts
  • Work and teaching methods

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

  • Preparations

    Before the seminar, all participants need to: 

    1) Read the literature on the mandatory reading list

    2) Provide a work-in-progress example of reflection: Make yourself familiar with your institution's criteria for the reflection, and relate the example to one or more of the criteria.

    • Depending on the project, this can be in the form of a text, video, sound file, exposition at Research Catalogue or similar, that shares explicit reflections. 
    • If delivered in writing, a text of 1000-2000 words is expected. 
    • If delivered as media files or a mixed media exposition, it should take approx 10 min for others to study the material.
    • The deadline for submitting a work-in-progress reflection is December 21, 2020. 
    • Material is to be sent to as a PDF or as a link to online mixed or multimedia material. 

    3) All participants must study each other's material in advance of the workshop in preparation for discussions on plans for dissemination of other candidate's projects. 

    • This material is distributed a week before the seminar. 
    • The participants will be placed in groups with 2-3  other fellows, and must especially make themselves acquainted with reflection material provided by the other participants in their group. The groups will be announced before the seminar.  
  • Program

    Monday January 11:

    • 10.00 – 10.15 Opening session: Welcome and presentations, seminar aims and methods (Ivar Grydeland)
    • 10.15 – 11.00 Sharing artistic research (Trond Lossius)
    • 11:00 – 11:15 Break
    • 11.15 – 12.00 Expositions (Michael Schwab)
    • 12:00-12:30 Discussion
    • 12.30 – 13.15 Lunch break
    • 13.15 – 14.00 Experiences from the other side: The assessment committee’s work (Tanja Orning)
    • 14:00 – 14:30 Group discussions based on the presentation
    • 17.00 - 18.15 Presentation by graduated research fellow Yuka Oyama followed by a small digital gathering


    Tuesday January 12:

    • 10.00 – 11.30 Group workshop - session 1 
    • 11.30 – 11.45 Break
    • 11:45– 12:45 Project presentation (Øystein Elle)
    • 12.45 – 13.30 Lunch break
    • 13.30 – 15:00 Group workshop - session 2
    • 15.15 – 16:45 Group workshop (group 3 only)


    Wednesday January 13:

    • 10:00 – 11:30 Group workshop – session 3
    • 11.30 – 11.45 Break
    • 11.45 – 12.30 Summary with short presentations from all groups (moderator Ivar Grydeland)
    • 12.30 – 13.15 Lunch break
    • 13.15 – 14.15 Procedures for registering final assessment - parallel sessions led by representatives from the different institutions (NMH: Ellen Ugelvik, UiB: Anne-Helen Mydland, KHiO: Torben Lai, PKU: Linda Lien)
    • 14.15 - 14.45 Closing session (Ivar Grydeland)
  • Reading list


    • Borgdorff, H. (2012). The Production of Knowledge in Artistic Research. In The conflict of the faculties: Perspectives on artistic research and academia (pp. 140–173). Retrieved from:  

    • Schwab, M. (2012). The Research Catalogue: A Model for Dissertations and Theses. In R. Andrews, E. Borg, S. B. Davis, M. Domingo, & J. England (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses (pp. 339–354). Retrieved from:    

    • Raes, G. W. (2014). Experimental Art as Research. In D. Crispin & B. Gilmore (Eds.), Artistic Experimentation in Music, An Anthology (pp. 55–60). Leuven: Leuven University Press, Retrieved from:

    • Vassenden, E. (2014). What is critical reflection? A question concerning artistic research, genre and the exercise of making narratives about one’s own work. Retrieved from:  (English)

    This article has been shared in previous seminars, but is also part of the mandatory readings for seminar 5:

    • Crispin, D. (2019). Artistic Research as a Process of Unfolding. Unfolding the Process, An International, Peer Reviewed Issue, Published by Norwegian Academy of Music. Retrieved from:   


    Vis - Nordic journal for artistic research: You will find peer reviewed articles and expositions in the journal, among these several projects from still active or graduated research fellows or Phd candidates. Language: English, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.

    More texts may be added to the reading list

  • Seminar contributors
    • Ivar Grydeland - seminar leader and moderator
    • Tanja Orning - guest speaker and moderator
    • Michael Schwab - guest speaker
    • Trond Lossius - guest speaker and moderator
    • Yuka Oyama - guest speaker
    • Øystein Elle - guest speaker and moderator
    • Linda Lien - moderator
  • 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

  • Regulations

    In the institution's PhD-regulations, the application process for final assessment is described, as well as the criteria for awarding the artistic doctorate, including what the reflection must address. You must make your self  familiar with the regulations for your institutions, or the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (for those who are not part of a PhD-programme):

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Registration deadline:
Dec 11, 2020
From: Jan 11, 2021 10:00 AM
To: Jan 13, 2021 4:00 PM
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