The Norwegian Artistic Research School

Seminar 1:

Online recourse 

Online introduction seminar


Artistic Research

Readings and Resources



Much of today’s visual and performing art is critically engaged with other life domains, such as gender, globalization, identity, environment or activism; philosophical or psychological issues might be addressed in artistic research projects as well.


The difference between artistic research and social or political science, critical theory or cultural analysis lies in the central place which art practice occupies in both the research process and the research outcome.


This makes research in the arts distinct from that in other academic disciplines engaging with the same issues. In assessing the research, it is important to keep in mind that the specific contribution it makes to our knowledge, understanding, insight and experience lies in the ways these issues are articulated, expressed and communicated through art..


Borgdorff, 2012, p. 57

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec

Rhytms of Precence


My artistic research project Rhythms Of Presence is based on considering rhythm as an important element within everyday life, and especially, for understanding bodily presence. In my research project I set out to explore rhythms of everyday steps through a number of projects, such as Heredrum, Reading stanley brouwn1 , Rhythms of Presence and With A Passerby. This led to a deeper knowledge about how walking is a complex weave of different contacts and interactions, between bodies, spaces and territories. Through such work, I came to recognize how by focusing solely on rhythm of this everyday activity may function as a key framework for repositioning understandings of presence that manifests besides subjectivity, territoriality, meaning and social life. Read more

The Norwegian law defines artistic research
as equal to
scientific research2



Timeline and glimps

The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme was established in 2003, and in 2018 the programme became part of the Norwegian Agency for Internation Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education. The same year the first Ph.D. programme in artistic research was established by the Norwegian Academy of Music, followed by similar programmes in several other institutions. 

Artistic Research in Norway:
A few examples

Artistic Research in Norway:
A brief history 

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins:
An inspiration when preparing to establish the Norwegian programme:

  • Art and design practices are intellectual pursuits in their own right not requiring translation to other terms in order to have sense and coherence.
  • Art and design works embody «meaning» through their interior symbolic languages and syntax (formal organisation).
  • Art and design works embody «meaning» through their discursive relationship to other works in their field and their corresponding cultural positions.
  • Art and design works can be read by those trained in the subject in the same way that, for example, mathematicians read mathematics or philosophers read philosophy.



Research takes place when a person intends to carry out an original study to enhance knowledge and understanding. It begins with questions or issues that are relevant in the research context, and it employs methods that are appropriate to the research and which ensure the validity and reliability of the research findings. An additional requirement is that the research process and findings be documented and disseminated in appropriate ways.


Borgdorff, 2012, p. 54

The artistic doctoral result must be an independent artistic research project that meets international standards with regard to the level and ethical requirements in the research field.


Artistic practice is at the core of the artistic doctoral result. At the same time, the artistic practice is to be accompanied by an explicit reflection, which, when the project is presented, grants others access into the working methods and insights that emerge from the artistic research.


The artistic doctoral result should be at a level that enables it to contribute to development of new knowledge, insight and experience within the subject area.


The artistic doctoral result may consist of one or several parts which comprise a whole. If the doctoral result consists of several parts, an explanation of how these are interrelated must be included.

Oslo National Adacemy of the Arts (§ 11-1).

Yuka Oyama

The Stubborn Life of Objects


The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme is established
by the Ministry of Education and Research

NIna Malterud played an important role in the establishing of the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme in 2003, and Trond Lossius was among the first fellows starting in the programme the same year. In this conversation, they talk about the start up period and what the establishing of the PhD programmes in 2018 mean to the artistic research field (recorded January, 6, 2021).

Ane Thon Knutsen

The Mark on The Wall

Kunstnernes Hus 22. - 27. januar 2019

Adaptasjon av den første novellen Virginia Woolf trykket og publiserte på eget forlag, skrevet mens hun lærte seg selv å sette bly. Installasjonen er satt med løse typer og teksten er gjengitt i sin helhet på 1837 trykk. En refleksjon over hvordan setting og trykking påvirker tanken og skriften, som en vekslende pendel mellom ånden som skriver og hånden som setter. Read more

The Quality Reform takes place
(The Bologna process):
Bachelor degrees, Master degrees and PhD degrees (three cycles) are introduced



Sensuous Knowledge conferences 2004-20094





Borgdorff, H. (2012). The Production of Knowledge in Artistic Research.

In The conflict of the faculties: Perspectives on artistic research and academia (pp. 140–173).

Raes, G. W. (2014). Experimental Art as Research.

In D. Crispin & B. Gilmore (Eds.), Artistic Experimentation in Music, An Anthology (pp. 55–60). Leuven: Leuven University Press,

Regulations Pertaining to the Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Artistic Research at Oslo National Academy of the Arts

We can justifiably speak of artistic research (‘research in the arts’) when that artistic practice is not only the result of the research, but also its methodological vehicle, when the research unfolds in and through the acts of creating and performing. This is a distinguishing feature of this research type within the whole of academic research.


Borgdorff, 2012, p. 46

Håkon Magnar Skogstad

Playing in the manner of Richardo Viñes



The European 
Society for Artistic Research
is establieshed


The production of knowledge in Artistic Research,
Henk Borgdorrf

Gunhild Mathea Olausen

Responsivt rom - en lytting inn i materialitet

Read more

Christo Doherty in conversation with Michael Schwab, the co-initiatior and inaugurial Editor-in-Chief of JAR, in a podcast from Arts Research Africa Dialogue, Wits School of Arts, South-Africa (recorded August, 2020)


The Norwegian Artistic Research Project Programme is
by the Ministry of
Education and Research

Research Catalogue 

An international database for artistic research is launched


Norwegian council for artistic research (NRKU) established as part of Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institution

The main difference between scientific research and research in arts lies in the fact that artistic research does not build up a coherent theory within which and on the basis of which initiatil hypotheses are proves as theses.


Research in art, or experimental art, does not necessarily prove anything. Instead it has to show, demonstrate, and extend possibilities, and, where possible, convince.


Raes, 2014, p. 58




Knut Olaf Sunde

Stedsbevissthet i musikk

Read more


A wider repertoire of methods (to investigate something). 

A richer language
(to describe something). 

Another view or entrance (to understand – or to become aware of your not-understanding - of something).

 The Norwegian Academy of Music establishes the first Norwegian PhD programme in Artistic Research

 The Oslo National Academy of the Arts
establishes PhD programme

 University of Bergen 
establishes PhD programme

NTNU establishes
PhD programme

 The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme becomes part of the new Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement
in Higher Education (Diku)

 The Ministry of Education and Research establishes the 

 The Norwegian Artistic Research School

Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institution - Art, Design, Architecture (UHR-KDA) established

Christo Doherty discusses new developments in the European space of Artistic Research with Professor Stefan Winter, Head of the Institute of Artistic Research at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in Potsdam, Germany. A podcast from Arts Research Africa Dialogue, Wits School of Arts, South-Africa (recorded October, 2019)



Diku becomes part of the new

Agency for higher education
and competence
(including parts of
NOKUT, UNIT and more)