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The International Center for Knowledge in the Arts

Knowledge in the Arts #5: Esa Kirkkopelto

We warmly invite you to the fifth Knowledge in the Arts event which this time will be with the artist, researcher and performer Esa Kirkkopelto. In his presentation , “ART x ART: From works to phenomena, and back”, Kirkkopelto will discuss the object of artistic research in relation to artistic processes and transdisciplinary work, aiming at no less than a reformulation of how to think and work with phenomena, artistically.

The event takes place on March 24, 2022, 3-5 pm (CET), with live participation at The Danish National School of Performing Arts and as an online stream.

Location: "Sal 1" at Den Danske Scenekunstskole, Philip de Langes Allé 3, Copenhagen.


The lecture will subsequently be made available in our media archive.

Abstract for ART x ART: From works to phenomena, and back 
“In my previous outcomes on artistic research, I have underlined the significance of its institutionally transformative potential. In this presentation, my scope will be more ontological and epistemological. I will challenge the current disciplinary and methodological openness of the artistic research field, by formulating the question of its research object in a new way. As I will argue, the definition of that object is possible without compromising the specificity of artistic experience and practices. On the contrary, it requires that we learn to consider artistic processes more artistically. This potentiating of artistic experience will lead us to see and make the difference between what is “artistic” and what is “aesthetic”. It aims at solving the dilemma between “applied” and “pure” art or “basic” artistic research, by indicating how it is possible to operate artistically, without being necessarily involved in the production of an artwork. Finally, it enables artist researchers to better recognize their role and significance in various trans- and interdisciplinary settings.”

About Esa Kirkkopelto
Esa Kirkkopelto (born 1965) is philosopher, artist-researcher and performance artist. Currently, he works as a professor of artistic research at the Malmö Theatre Academy (Lund University). Previously, he worked at the University of the Arts Helsinki, first as a professor of artistic research (2007-2017), then as the head of the post-doc Centre for Artistic Research (CfAR, 2017–2018). He holds the title of docent in aesthetics at the University of Helsinki. He is the initiator of the International Platform for Performer Training (since 2014), core-convener or the Performance Philosophy association and the founding member of the Other Spaces live art group (2004–). His research focuses on the deconstruction of the performing body both in theory and in practice.

About the Center & Knowledge in the Arts
In spring 2021, the International Center for Knowledge in the Arts, launched its lecture series, ”Knowledge in the Arts”. The focus is on transdisciplinary themes and current debates in Artistic Research, both within the Center institutions and in relation to artistic research’s wider relevance in society.

The International Center for Knowledge in the Arts is a knowledge resource for the seven institutions of higher arts education under the Danish Ministry of Culture. Our work is concentrated on Artistic Research as a fundamental part of the knowledge base of the art schools, which provides their employees possibilities to explore new paths of artistic practice. We host public and internal activities about knowledge in the arts and we administer the Cultural Ministry’s funding program for artistic research.

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