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Society for Artistic Research & i2ADS – University of Porto

Resonance: Call for contributions - 16th SAR Conference 2025 in Porto

Society for Artistic Research & i2ADS – University of Porto

16th SAR Conference 2025 in Porto

7, 8 and 9 May 2025, University of Porto, Portugal.


Resonance: Call for contributions

Deadline: 15 October 2024


The past decade witnessed the appearance of new debating spaces within artistic research. At a time when art and culture, local and global policies and events are haunted by societal challenges as vast as they are unpredictable, what can artistic researchers offer in response to these concerns? How can artistic research resonate beyond its specific contexts and disciplinary borders?

Resonance is a prompt to address the transformative nature of artistic research as a connective element that evokes a response and qualifies our experiences as meaningful.

However, it can also be understood as a critical tool characterised by reciprocity and mutual transformation. Resonance is a response to personal and global challenges both poetically and through modes of political imagination and transformative meeting spaces.

Getting into resonance is to create a relation between artistic research and the world that requires questioning and answering, but also the ability to change and be changed.


Why Resonance?

Resonance is about responsiveness. A resonant experience is a function of vulnerability, both in terms of susceptibility to external influence and the quality of openness that facilitates a meaningful encounter with the world. What artistic research strategies can enhance openness and responsiveness to the affordances of our environment?

Resonance is about transferability and transformation of experience. How do artistic research methods contribute to cross-fertilisation between sectors and disciplines, enabling wider acquisition of skills, awareness, and agency?

Resonance is not consonance: How do artistic research practices embody conflicts and mediate crisis, creating spaces for divergent voices and intercultural cooperation?

Resonance is searching and imagining. Artistic research plays a fundamental role in developing counterfactual ways of thinking and exploring the path of what happens "if". How do counterfactual reasoning and research intertwine to create narratives of change?

Resonance occurs in the invisible movements crossing geographical space and historical time. How do artistic researchers draw on ancestral storytelling and marginal sources of knowledge, despite colonial legacies and forced dispossession, to create new cultural practices?

Resonance is about transforming materialities. How do materials and the material culture of artistic research resonate with our time's environmental, social and cultural needs?

Resonance is an effect of time and duration. How do artistic practices affect and change our experience of time? What time-based artistic research methods can enhance our sense of belonging?




We call for proposals for presentations of artistic research projects in two formats:


Short presentation (20 minutes' lecture + 20 minutes' discussion).

Long presentation (40 minutes' lecture of practice sharing + 30 minutes discussion).


We encourage original and experimental contributions from both individuals and collectives.

A call for posters on artistic research projects addressing the Conference theme will be launched separately.



To submit a proposal, the submitter must be registered as a user of the Research Catalogue (RC) with a full account. Please make sure to register on the RC as soon as possible to ensure that your registration can be processed in time. Registering a full RC account is free (
For more information about the RC registration process, you may consult the video tutorial.


The submission form will be open from 15 August to 15 October 2024.

The following details will be required:

Title (max. 200 characters).

Abstract for Conference program (max. 2000 characters).

Short biographies of presenters (max. 600 characters).

Image for the Conference program.

Presentation format.

Addition information on the presentation format (max. 1000 characters).

Spatial and/or technical requirements (max. 500 characters).

Potential risks or ethical concerns (max. 500 characters).

Previous iterations of the research.

RC Exposition: with the application form, we will also ask you to attach an RC Exposition of your project. The attached exposition should be made specifically for this submission purpose and should not be previously published. As a guideline, the exposition should not demand more than 15 minutes to read/navigate. We recommend making yourself familiar with the RC requirements well in advance of the submission deadline. A brief instruction on writing a first RC exposition is found here.

N.B. Please do not "submit for review" the exposition to any of the RC portals (JAR, i2ADS, etc..) or self-publish it. You can attach the exposition to your application using the application form itself. This form will be available by 15 August. Attaching it to the form will ensure that the reviewers will be able to view and assess the content once your application is made available to them. Tip: you can attach the exposition using the title, not the URL/link.


the application form will open from 15th of August!

  1. Log in to the RC with your full account.
  2. Go to
  3. Click the [Create Application] button and select "SAR Conference 2025, Porto: Call for Conference Contributions".
    If you do not see the [Ceate application] button on your profile, your account is probably still a limited account, and you need to upgrade it.



A webinar/workshop on making an exposition as part of an application to a SAR Conference can be seen here.

The Committee will only accept submissions presented on-site at the Conference.


For further information, don't hesitate to get in touch with the conference organisers:





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