SAR Announcement



1. Unconditional Love | April 30 - May 1 2015
2. Reminder: General Assembly 2015
3. Reminder: Call for Executive Board Nominations 2015-2017
4. Call for Submissions: JAR Issue 8 - Summer 2015
5. Portal Partner Meetings
6. New Members
7. "Operation on the open heart"
8. Recent publications by SAR Executive Board members

1. Unconditional Love | April 30 - May 1 2015

The 2015 Spring Event of the Society for Artistic Research in partnership with the University of the Arts, London

The SAR 2015 spring event lets Artistic Research bring some Unconditional Love to London in partnership with the University of the Arts London. The SAR General Assembly will be held on May 2nd at the Chelsea College of Arts, London.

Unconditional Love will take the participants from on-site research into how caring and attention is expressed in the practice of artistic research. We will explore open access, auditing, peer-reviewing and critique, and the tug of war between science, magic and art on the issue of love.

See programme details for further information:



2. Reminder: General Assembly 2015

The next SAR General Assembly will take place on Saturday 2 May 2015 at the Chelsea College of Arts. A new Executive Board will be elected at this meeting.

3. Reminder: Call for Executive Board Nominations 2015 – 2017

As SAR enters the next phase of its development, it is time to elect the next Executive Board. The Executive Board supports and strengthens SAR’s existing activities and develops new initiatives and visions for developing artistic research internationally. The Executive Board requires individuals with a strong commitment to the field of artistic research and the energy and enthusiasm to help SAR extend its membership and the range of services and meetings for its existing members.

Election for the SAR Executive Board for the next two years will take place at the coming General Assembly at Chelsea College of Arts in London on 2 May 2015. The Board consists of the following roles: president, two vice presidents and four additional board members. Re-election is limited to three terms (six years in total). We therefore ask you to consider standing for election by the SAR membership at the General Assembly.

Typically there are six Executive Board Meetings per year plus the annual General Assembly. Due to restricted funds within the organisation, all Executive Board Members must find ways to cover their own costs for participating in these meetings.

Nominations to the next SAR Executive Board are due by 28 February 2015.
All nominees should note that to be included in the election, the candidate has to be present in person at the General Assembly in London on 2 May 2015. The first meeting of the new Executive Board will take place the same day 15.00-17.00. Presence will be mandatory for those elected.

When presenting your nomination, please include name, contact details (email and phone), institutional affiliation (if applicable), a brief CV (not more than one page), and a short motivation statement (5-7 lines), including a specification of which of the roles you wish to be elected for (cf. Articles of Association Art. 21). Those wishing to be considered for more than one role should specify which ones.

Nominations should be sent by email to the President Gerhard Eckel at: Please mark your email with the subject heading "SAR EB Nomination". Your nomination will be acknowledged upon receipt.

4. Call for Submissions: JAR Issue 8 - Summer 2015

The Journal for Artistic Research is the publishing space for a growing community of artistic researchers, interested in archiving, disseminating and discussing their work. It uses the Research Catalogue, an innovative repository for the documentation of artistic research, which has over 5000 registered users.

JAR is published by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR), an independent, non-profit association. You can support JAR by becoming an individual or institutional member of SAR. More information can be found on SAR’s website.

The deadline for consideration is the 28th of February 2015. Interested contributors should first contact the managing editor to discuss the suitability of their material: Barnaby Drabble, Managing Editor,

Rethinking the traditional journal format, JAR offers its contributors a free-to-use online writing space where text can be woven together with image, audio and video material. Developed over the last five years, the writing space is continually being updated with new functionality and the last months have seen the introduction of automated slide shows, new audio and video tools and a 3d object viewer. This approach displays research practice in a manner that respects artists' modes of presentation and incorporates web-enabled possibilities for collaboration, debate and discussion. The journal aims to promote experimental approaches to the 'writing up' of research and provide a unique 'reading' experience, while carefully fulfilling the expectations of a peer-reviewed academic journal.

JAR publishes research from artists of all disciplines, worldwide, with or without academic affiliation. The Journal is specifically interested in contributions that reflect upon and expose artistic practice as research, and welcomes submissions from artists interested in exchanging ideas and opening up the processes and methodologies that underlie their practice.

To submit an article, contributors are required to register for an account and use the Research Catalogue writing space to layout and expose their research. JAR provides editorial guidance and technical help with these processes.

Please address your correspondence to: Barnaby Drabble, Managing Editor

5. Portal Partner Meetings

A very constructive two-day portal partners meeting took place in Vienna in November 2014, at which almost all institutional portal members were present. Several new features of the Research Catalogue were demonstrated and a variety of options for the use of the software as portal partner were discussed.

The next meeting is scheduled for 16-17 June at the Royal Conservatoire, Den Hague. The meeting will begin at 13.00 on Tuesday 16 June and conclude at 16.00 on Wednesday 17 June. Any issues for the agenda should be sent to Johan A Haarberg at and Alexander Damianisch at

6. New Members

Become an individual member of SAR! 
The number of individual memberships of SAR is rising steadily and we know that members are our most important asset! With the membership registration ( we set up a basic account with the Research Catalogue and you will automatically receive our newsletter but more importantly you have the chance to feedback and participate in the growing number of activities around SAR and you contribute to making SAR the central representative for the diverse group of artists and researchers engaging in artistic research.  Members have a reduced fee for the upcoming spring event Unconditional Love in London and will meet for the General Assembly on May 2nd.
If you have questions or ideas do not hesitate to get in touch. If you know of colleagues or friends working with, or interested in, artistic research, please let them know about SAR. 

For those who have not yet been invoiced for their membership, kindly send an e-mail to

7. “Operation on the Open Heart”

The conference ”Operation on the Open Heart: Art Research-Driven Education and its Societal Impact” was held 30–31 October, 2014 at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with the support of the Society for Artistic Research.

See programme details and further information:

Julie Harboe's review of this event and also of the Swiss Artistic Research Network's Unconference 'Parenthesis' in November is available here:

8. Recent publications by SAR Executive Board members

Giaco Schiesser: “What is at stake – Qu’est ce que l’enjeu? Paradoxes –  Problematics – Perspectives in Artistic Research Today.” In: Arts, Research, Innovation and Society. Eds. Gerald Bast, Elias G. Carayannis [= ARIS, Vol. 1]. Wien/New York: Springer 2015.

Efva Lilja: Art, Research, Empowerment: The artist as researcher

Every person contributes, consciously or subconsciously, to the foundation of our culture. Our culture encompasses all that leaves an imprint on our intra-human relations, here and now. An element in our culture is what we call art. Some choose to become artists and produce art. What does it mean to see the world, to see education and research with the eye of an artist?

This book is written from an artist’s perspective. It discusses cause and effect, steering and empowerment in relation to artistic research based on the Swedish system; it explores how the artistic researcher can enhance art, artistic education, markets and commercial values. Increased knowledge makes constructive use of resistance and restraints; it empowers networks for cooperation. A field of research in flux demands new strategies for taking a stand. Research is one way to do it.

Efva Lilja, Artist, Professor, Expert Advisor on Artistic Research at the
Ministry of Education and Research in Sweden

Order or download the book for free at
The book is available in Swedish and in English.


We thank you for your continuing support of SAR and look forward to meeting in London!

Executive Board,
Society for Artistic Research


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