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Newsletter November 2020

Society for Artistic Research

  1. SAR welcomes three new Executive Board members
  2. Vision and Strategy for SAR
  3. 12TH International SAR Conference on Artistic Research
  4. Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research
  5. Announcing the 2019 SAR RC Prize Winner
  6. 2020 Call for Best Exposition Announcement
  7. New developments in RC as a Teaching and Learning Platform
  8. Link to June Portal partner meeting
  9. RC Thematic Seminars
  10. Welcome to new Institutional and Portal Partner members

The Executive Board of SAR  is sending you this newsletter to inform you of recent and upcoming events. Enjoy!

  1. SAR’s new executive board members

Jaana Erkkilä-Hill is the Vice Rector for Research at the University of the Arts Helsinki. She also holds a Professorship in Fine Art at the University of Lapland. She graduated with Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki and a Doctor of Arts from Aalto University. Her research interests lie in the field of artistic thinking and artist pedagogy. In addition to her academic career she is active as an artist. Her work is held in several public and private collections.  

Michaela Glanz is Head of the Art | Research | Support Department at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The department combines the working areas of research service, of the Center for Doctoral Studies, and of knowledge transfer for the fields of art, arts-based research, social sciences and humanities. Having been trained as a sociologist and economist, Michaela’s expertise focuses on strategic and organisational developments in higher education and research, social studies of sciences and organisational studies as well as questions and methods related to evaluation and impact studies.

Chrysa Parkinson is a Professor of Dance at Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH). She has worked as a professional dancer in the United States and Northern Europe with acclaimed dance practitioners, visual artists, film makers and curators for over thirty years. Her research focus is on the performers’ authorship and documentation of experience. Since 2011 she has directed the New Performative Masters education at SKH. Chrysa has been elected to the SAR executive board from 2020-2024.

  1. Vision & Strategy (in progress) 

One of the centrally important initiatives by President Deniz Peters is the development of a SAR vision and strategy to strengthen and re-position the society in the mid- to longterm for a thriving membership and ethically forward-looking future. For this, vision and strategy meetings have now become an essential part of the SAR Executive Board agenda. In 2020 the Executive Board has made and continues to make a concerted effort in: (1) collectively assessing and rethinking how to increase resources for SAR members and for the extended community; in (2) identifying and formulating a mature identity as a professional society; and in (3) clarifying SAR values of quality, plurality, diversity, ethical practice, open mindedness, dialogue, and environmental awareness. Within this vision – while continuing to provide open access work tools and dissemination formats – SAR is expected to increase its attractivity for individual and institutional members by adding member resources (research information and expertise) and new opportunities for fostering member discourse. 

  1. 12thSAR International Conference on Artistic Research: Care/Dare/Share, April 2021 (Online).

The 12th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research 2021 – from Wednesday 7 April to Friday 9 April 2021 – will take place as an online event with MDW–University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna as host institution, in co-operation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The conference committee is delighted to announce Australian composer Liza Lim ( as one of the keynote speakers.

The Call for Papers asked presenters to relate their presentations to the three attractors: Care/Dare/Share. The submission dead-line was by the end of September and more than 140 submissions have been received by the conference committee. There will be options for both pre-recorded presentations as well as live stream options. Those who have submitted proposals will be informed of the selection results in mid-November.

  1. Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research

SAR is proud to present the Vienna Declaration, a policy paper advocating for the full recognition of Artistic Research across Europe. More than one year ago, the main organisations and transnational networks dealing with Artistic Research at European level and beyond decided to join forces to increase the visibility and recognition of this strand of research. The Vienna Declaration, co-written by AECCILECT / GEECTCulture Action EuropeCumulusEAAEELIAEPARMEQ-ArtsMusiQuE and SAR, is the first outcome of this important collaboration. The initiative is open to the involvement of other international organisations proving legitimate interest.

The long term aims of this concerted action, and the formulation of documents such as the Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research and the Florence Principles on the Doctorate in the Arts, are to secure full recognition of artistic research within both international and national research directories and funding schemes.

  1. SAR RC prize 2019 winner

The SAR RC prize for the best exposition 2019 goes to:

Choreo-graphic Figures: Scoring Aesthetic Encounters (2019)
Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil-Moebius, Simona Koch
The exposition “Choreo-graphic Figures: Scoring Aesthetic Encounters” (2019) stages an encounter between choreography, drawing, sound and writing in order to explore those knowledge forms through collaborative exchange. The exposition stages the different modes of practice as an actual dialogue and collision, and derives from the findings of the research project “Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line” (2014-2017) by Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil. The researchers seek to extend their investigation in questioning how a digital archive can be created that is capable of reflecting the durational and relational aspects of the research process. The outcome is a non-linear rhizomatic (using the artists’ term) encounter with artistic research, where the findings are activated as a choreo-graphic event. The artist and designer Simona Koch supported the transformation from an embodied, experiential enquiry into different publication formats, including a text-based book, alongside the online digital format of the RC exposition. The RC complements the shortcomings of printed material and utilizes the performative qualities of sound, image and film that cannot be expressed in the printed material. In this way in the project, the digital and printed material complement each other.

The exposition can be encountered experientially through a section called “Playing the Score”, whilst the other section “Find Out More” contains contextual framing alongside conceptual-theoretical reflections on the ecology of practices and figures. The authors make an interesting use of the RC platform, communicating their research through rich and articulate interactions between text and multimedia materials. Once the user selects ‘Play the Score’, the exposition becomes an inhabited drawing where performance, documentation, notation and user agency are blurred, and their interconnections are explored in rich ways. The complexity of the exposition is built through written and spoken word, video and sound recordings, photos and graphic elements that enable and encourage the user to literally re-enact the research process. Documentation of the performative elements of the research interplay with [e.g.] artistic writings, presented as animated text elements and reflections of notational forms that are embedded in the current discourse on [e.g.] aesthetics and the human nature. The delightful and enjoyable layout and design of the exposition helps how the reader understand the content.

Jury members:

Gabriele Schmid

SAR Board

Angela Bartram

SAR Board (substitute)

Heidi Paatere Möller

Portal Partner

Karst de Jong

Portal Partner

Matilde Meireles

Prize Winner

Diogo Alvim

Prize Winner


The Executive Board of SAR announces the Annual Prize for Excellent Research Catalogue Exposition 2020. The prize aims to foster and encourage innovative, experimental new formats of publication and, on the other hand, to give visibility to the qualities of artistic research artefacts. The Executive Board will appoint a new jury to assess the submissions. The jury consists of a member of the SAR Executive Board, a representative of a Portal Partner and a former prize winner.


Facts and figures

Deadline for submission: Jan 31, 2021.

Publication period of submission: Jan 1, 2020 – Dec 31, 2020.

Conditions: The publication/exposition must have been published (not only shared) on the RC catalogue platform. The language used in the exposition must be English. Anyone is invited to make a submission – this must be identified by the metadata of the exposition: Author(s), Title, Research Catalogue URL (date)

Address for submissions:

Prize Award: 500€

Award Ceremony: SAR International Conference, April 7 – 10, 2021, Vienna Austria (online)

  1. RC as teaching/learning/examination platform

The Research Catalogue (RC) – Now also with the option as a teaching, learning examination platform for portal partners

The RC functions as a platform for the dissemination of peer-reviewed content and publications, for student’s presentation of work and the assessment of such work – and for self-published research outcomes.

The Research Catalogue is provided by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR).

RC enables students, artists and researchers to deviate from the standard format of academic presentations, journal articles and/or research repositories:

The RC offers an online platform in which sound, images, video and text can be combined in an integrated format for presentation, and in which the visual disposition and the focus on different media formats can be decided by the author themself.

The RC is available as a unique portal option for institutions and on-line journals.

As Portal Partner the RC offers a range of opportunities, such as:

For these purposes, the RC hosts a number of public portals for institutional presentation and archiving of research outcomes that are all peer-reviewed by that portal’s own criteria. At this stage approximately 20 institutions have subscribed to such a portal – not all of them are yet publicly active.

For the SAR Portal Partners, we now also provide the option of an internal (closed) portal for student related activities at bachelor, master and/or doctoral level. This internal platform may be used for student’s presentation of work outcomes, for teaching and learning (including supervision) purposes and for online assessment of student examination work. The institution can decide what part(s) of such material should be archived and/or shown on their public portal.

For more information contact SAR Executive Officer Johan A Haarberg –

  1. June portal partner meeting

 The first on-line portal partner meeting was held on Wednesday 17 June 2020 – 10:00-16:00 by Zoom. On the agenda was presentation of new RC features, RC Publication Policy developed at Rhythmic Music Conservatoire Copenhagen (Lars Brink), Use of Media Licenses in Expositions /  Requirements for being listed as a DOAJ Journal (Luc/Andreas Ferrus Vienna) and status report on RC Development Modules project.   

  1. RC Thematic Seminars

In 2018’s Portal Partner Meeting, we agreed to create a number of interest groups based on our discussions in the meeting and the focus areas of the participants. We established seven groups. Some of the groups were active in the first period, but rather soon the activity level dropped. In the June meeting we therefore suggested a restructuring of the networking from Focus Groups to On-line Thematic Short Sessions. We plan meetings every 2nd month with a thematic focus – 1-2 hours. 

The first thematic session was on Tuesday 15th September and the theme was  

RC as Alternative to Physical Presence and Events. We had four presentations:    

Royal Conservatoire Research Symposium at RC by Roos Leeflang (The Hague)

The ALMAT Project on the RC by David Pirrò (Graz)

How we used RC for our KABK Exhibition Research Lab and ACPA Practicum Atrium by Emily Huurdeman (The Hague)

How we started using RC for the Fine Art Students at NTNU by Alexandra Murray-Leslie (Trondheim)


The second thematic session was on Thursday 8th October. The theme was 

Copyright and License Policies for RC Expositions and How to get a RC-based Journal registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). To guide us through this, we had the competences of Maria Rehbinder, Senior Legal Counsel, Aalto University / University of the Arts Helsinki and Andreas Ferus, Head Librarian, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. 

  1. Welcome of new institutional members and portal partners

SAR can welcome the following new portal partners:

As you will notice this includes our first portal partners from the Czech Republic and Portugal, and the Executive Board see this as the first results of our new membership fee policy for portal partners introduced earlier this year. This policy opens for member institutions from the East and South of Europe and some other countries to become portal partners for a lower annual membership fee.

We also welcome the School of Film, Music & Theatre, University College Cork as new institutional member.


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