Newsletter January 2017

Society for Artistic Research



2. Announcement: SAR Academy
3. Upcoming: Announcement Service
4. Position Paper

The executive Board of SAR sends warm annual greetings to all of our members.

We are sending this newsletter to inform you about recent developments and upcoming SAR events. Enjoy!


After the very successful 2016 SAR Conference Writing!, we proudly announce the 8th international conference on artistic research:

The SAR 2017 Conference PLEASE SPECIFY! Sharing Artistic Research Across Disciplines takes place in partnership with the University of the Arts Helsinki. The SAR General Assembly, to which you will be invited separately, will be held on the morning of the 30th April at the same place.

Conference Description:

In the discourse about artistic research diverse perspectives have emerged. Artistic research consists of a variety of approaches and solutions and often functions as a multi- and transdisciplinary venture. As a developing multi-methodological research culture artistic research enriches methodological innovation and cross-over projects.

Furthermore, research activities are structured with regard to some kind of specificity. A group of researchers might come together to work on a distinct object of study, through a specific question, with a certain methodology, and in a particular context. Depending on circumstances, specificity thus can appear as a socio-cultural parameter, a disciplinary variable or it can become a question of the medium of research. The PLEASE SPECIFY! Conference explores new perspectives on conditions of sharing research in the artistic field. Artist-researchers will present and reflect upon specific research constellations in which they engage.

The program consists of performative presentations, text-based working groups, interventions and collaborative sessions.

The organizing committee has received approximate 200 submissions for presentations at the conference. The selection of proposals is currently taking place and will be completed by 30th January, 2017.

Keynote speakers :

Vicente Arlandis(Choreographer, Spain),
Simone Douglas (Parsons School of Design, The New School, USA),
Esa Kirkkopelto (Theatre Academy at the Uniarts Helsinki, Finland),
Catherine Laws (University of York, UK, and Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium),
Sean Lowry (University of Newcastle, Australia, and University of Melbourne, Australia),
Victoria Pérez Royo (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany)

The general registration will be open from 20th February to 10th of April 2017. The pre-registration for SAR members starts on 13th February 2017. Please note that your membership fee for 2017 has to be paid at that time in order to take advantage of this opportunity for pre-registration and a reduced conference fee.

The invoices for the membership fees of existing members have already been sent out. If you are considering becoming a member you can find information about the procedure here:

More information on the PLEASE SPECIFY! Conference can be found on the conference website:

There is documentation from our last conference which took place in The Hague here: (Please scroll down to the archive section.)


SAR will launch the first SAR Academy on 5th to 7th of June 2017 in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017. The SAR Academy will be a platform for discourse around central issues of artistic research. The theme in Venice will be the epistemology of artistic research. Further information will be available at the General Assembly in Helsinki and will be thereafter available on the SAR website.



The Executive Board of SAR has decided to launch an announcement service in Spring 2017.

This service will enable members and non-members of SAR to distribute announcement of events, exhibitions, performances, conferences, symposia, publications, job vacancies, information about study programs etc. pertaining to artistic research via a dedicated email list, reaching artists and scholars who have registered at the Research Catalogue (RC).

More information about formats and fees will be given at the General Assembly in Helsinki and will be thereafter available on the SAR website.


At the ELIA Biennial Conference in Florence, Italy, 30 November – 3 December 2016, the ‘Florence Principles”, a position paper on the doctorate in the arts, was presented.

The principles are formulated as a point of reference for policymakers, university leaders, curriculum designers and research funding agencies. It is addressed to universities of art and science alike, helping the former to secure recognition for their endeavors (with national funding bodies, legislature, etc.) and helping the latter to learn about the research developments within the art university sector. 

The Florence Principles are endorsed and supported by AEC - Association Europe?enne des Conservatoires, Acade?mies de Musique et Musikhochschulen, CILECT- International Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cine?ma et de Te?le?vision), Cumulus - International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, and SAR - Society for Artistic Research

To read the Florence Principles please follow this link



Society for Artistic Research


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