SAR WEBSITE STATUS
SAVE THE DATE: SAR CONFERENCE 2020
CALL FOR SAR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
THE NEXT FUNDING AGENCY MEETING
SAR EXECUTIVE BOARD 2019 – 2020
SAR GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019
10TH SAR CONCEFERENCE REPORT
ANNUAL PRIZE FOR BEST RC EXPOSITION WINNER 2018
PORTAL PARTNER MEETING
NEW PORTAL PARTNER MEMBERS
The Executive Board of SAR is sending this newsletter to inform you about recent and upcoming events: Enjoy!
The Society for Artistic Research website at https://societyforartisticresearch.org has been transferred to a new and more stable platform. The transfer took place in the spring of 2019. Unfortunately, with the transfer some of the functions on the website were temporarily down. Now the website should be running properly. In case some of you have tried to reach us through the contact emails announced on the site and have not received a response, please email us again. For the contact information visit: https://societyforartisticresearch.org/contact/
We kindly thank the University of Applied Arts Vienna for supporting the platform transfer!
Crisis Collective! the 11th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research 2020 will be held on 25 – 28 March 2020 in Bergen, Norway. The conference is hosted by The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design of the University of Bergen.
The call for contributions for Crisis Collective! is now open. Deadline: October 15, 2019.
Further information: https://kmd.uib.no/en/news/call-for-contributions-to-sar2020
Call for Establishing SAR Special Interest Groups – SIGs
As announced during the General Assembly, the Executive Board has decided to open for the creation of SAR Special Interest Groups (SIGs) under the umbrella of the SAR Academy.
The SIGs may have a specific issue, theme or activity as focus area. The initiative to create a SIG may come from an individual member or from a staff member within one of our institutional members.
On the opening day of the Bergen Conference in March 2020, we will provide meeting venues for those SIGs established before this event takes place. We will also provide the opportunity to introduce plans for establishing a SIG at the same time.
Our new President Deniz Peters will take on the role as the contact person for SIGs, and you may reach him on this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
First endorsement of SIGs will be handled by the Executive Board at our September meeting and for endorsement in this meeting, submissions should reach our President not later than 05.09.19.
You will find the conditions for establishing a SIG here:
Conditions SAR Special Interest Groups.
Endorsed by the Executive Board 20.11.18
SAR Individuals and/or representatives of Institutional Members may create Special Interest Groups within the SAR environment. Each group has to execute its activities within the frame of the SAR aims and regulations.
At all times the moderator of the group has to be either an individual member or a representative of an institutional member.
The focus, aims and main activity plan for each group has to be endorsed by the Ex. Board.
By endorsement, each group will have to be self-organized, and without financial or administrative support from SAR, except from RC-announcements.
In co-operation with the local host of the annual conference, the Ex. Board may offer interest groups the opportunity of a meeting venue in front of the Conference opening arrangement.
At least on an annual basis, there should be an open call from each group for new members to join.
Each group has the responsibility of regularly reporting its activities through the SAR Newsletter, at minimum on an annual basis.
If the Ex. Board finds that a group does not comply any more with these conditions, SAR aims and/or regulations or the Ex. Board regards their activity as a liability for the organisation, the Ex. Board is free to withdraw the endorsement of this group and terminate their relationship with SAR. In such a case, neither SAR as an organisation nor the members of the Ex. Board can be held financial or otherwise responsible in any way for any loss this group may have.
The next Funding Agency meeting will take place 21st and 22nd November 2019 in Stockholm, hosted by the Swedish Research Council. Prior to the meeting the participants are invited to join the yearly symposium with project presentation from Swedish AR Projects.
The Executive Board of the Society for Artistic Research for the term 2019 – 2020 comprises of the following members:
Deniz Peters, President (Graz, Austria)
Geir Strøm, Vice-President (Bergen, Norway)
Giaco Schiesser, Vice-President (Zurich, Switzerland)
Angela Bartram (Derby, United Kingdom)
Alexander Damianisch (Vienna, Austria)
Leena Rouhiainen (Helsinki, Finland)
Gabriele Schmid (Ottersberg, Germany)
SAR Executive Officer
Johan A. Haarberg, SAR Executive Officer (Bergen, Norway)
The SAR General Assembly 2019 took place at the Zurich University of the Arts on Sunday 24 March at 10.30. The assembly approved the annual report by the President of the SAR Executive Board. The assembly also unanimously approved the financial report for 2018 as well as the working budget for 2019.
The assembly endorsed a change in the election procedure of the members of the SAR Executive Board. Accordingly, the timespan for election to the SAR Executive Board were transferred to four-year election periods. Consequently, the following amendments in the association’s articles will be endorsed:
The term of office of a member of the Executive Board is four (4) years, to be implemented in accordance with the amended Election Procedure endorsed 24.03.2019.
Re-election is permissible once, to be implemented in accordance with the amended Election Procedure endorsed 24.03.2019.
The General Assembly elected a President, a Vice-President/Treasurer and member for the SAR Executive Board.
Deniz Peters was elected as SAR President for a period of three years.
Geir Strøm was re-elected as First Vice President/Treasurer for a period of three years.
Gabriele Schmid was re-elected as Executive Board Member for a period of three years.
The following new institutional members gave presentations at the General Assembly
Anton Bruckner Private University
NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Westminster School of Media, Art & Design
10th SAR Conference on Artistic Research (March 23-25, 2019, at ZHdK):
The feedbacks at the conference and the written feedbacks after the conference showed that this year’s conference was successful and by a large number of participants taken as big step forward for the international Artistic Research Community. The main reason for this warm acceptance were: The concept of the conference – putting artistic research practices and the discussion starting from the questions of the contributors into the foreground – worked well.
The conference was also successful in terms of the number of participants (238; the largest number so far of all the SAR conferences), of the integration of individual and collaborative contributions and of the organization (lounge, food, staff).
The documentation of the SAR conference will be available on the Research Catalogue end of July (the final date will be announced on SARA)
The Prize for Excellent RC Exposition 2018 was announced for the 10th International Conference on Artistic Research in Zurich on March 21st. The prize went to Investigations into the Meaning of Pain https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/308804/470238 by Barbara Macek.
The Executive Board of SAR nominated a jury for the prize that included Karst de Jong (The Hague/Barcelona), Leena Rouhiainen, chair (Helsinki) and Michael Schwab (London).
The committee members all familiarized themselves with the submitted eleven eligible proposals. They separately shortlisted the three best. The committee members unanimously agreed that exposition Between Agony and Ecstasy: Investigations into the Meaning of Pain was the best submission. The criteria on which the committee members based their assessment were those mentioned in the announcement of the launch of the SAR annual prize. They related to the chosen exposition being an example of innovative and experimental formats of publication and making visible internationally qualities of artistic research artefacts.
More closely the prize committee commented upon the exposition in the following manner:
Between Agony and Ecstasy is a systematic development from page to page of a fascinating subject. It moves through various layers of ‘cut-ups’ to this https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/308804/311978 very complex page that brings together different voices both in text and image. The exposition is very clear in how it is made and what’s achieved - an alternative order that sits on the back of literature/philosophy not afraid of venturing into a visual territory that may in a different context look like kitsch, but which as the reader engages with the exposition starts to work affectively as well as conceptually. The resolutely developing progression of the elaborate exposition make it distinct. It is rich in content and offers new avenues into the existential qualities of pain. It likewise makes use of the RC platform in simple but productive ways.
Research Catalogue Portal Partner Meeting Spring 2019 – Leiden June 17-18.
Twice a year SAR arranges a two-day event for the institutional members with their own portal within the Research Catalogue (RC). The 2019 Spring Portal Partner Meeting was hosted by the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University (ACPA) earlier this June. Representatives of most of our portal partners participated in the meeting.
During the meeting, a number of new RC features were presented, including a redesign of text editor, importing from Word and HTML as well as inclusion of metadata and licenses on all media files within an exposition.
We had status reports from the thematic working groups on:
Administration, Roles & Workflow
Communities and Scope
Heidi Paatere Möller from the VIS Journal made an introduction to their experiences on Publication and Reviewing Workflows. Our two RC Administrators Luc Döbereiner and Casper Schipper introduced a session on the options on malleability of expositions as data, including issues such as transforming graphical expositions, potential uses and applications and creating networks of digital objects on the RC. Together with Gabriel Paiuk from ACPA, the two of them introduced a plenary session on priorities for future perspectives the RC development and how to tackle the multiple functionality of the RC and the emergence of diverse publication models. In this session, we touched upon issues such as:
What is an exposition? How do we want to express relationships of objects? How do we want to navigate expositions? What type of abstractions do we need? How to leave space for ambiguity?
What kind of possibilities do we want to create for a community of researchers?
Documenting Research. What tools do we need? What are current obstacles? How can we facilitate documentation workflows?
How can the RC best function as a research tool?
A plan for creating a consortium for next step developments of the RC was presented based on a distributed document with an exposition format module description. The meeting also included a workshop on styling text-based expositions.
Should there be interest to become a Portal Partner and join these meetings, please contact the SAR Executive Officer Johan A Haarberg at email@example.com.
The Society for Artistic Research has the following new portal partner members:
Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
National Film School of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
University of Derby, Derby, Great Britain
Society for Artistic Research
Oranje Nassaulaan 1, Amsterdam
PO Box 53028
1007 RA Amsterdam
If you have comments or suggestions, please contact the SAR Executive Board: firstname.lastname@example.org