THE RELEVANCE OF ARTISTIC RESEARCH
Artistic research is the pursuit of knowledge through art, rather than the act of finding it. This ongoing questioning is influenced heavily by major changes to our cultural environment, its connectivity, multiplicity, and the evolution of the value systems that go with it.
As such the artistic research framework is well suited for examining, exploring and critiquing the artistic practices and fields taught within FHK. Critical examination and experimentation will be crucial for the future development and survival of artistic practices (such as the performance and composition of Western Art Music) in the 21st.
While historical modes of artistic expression face an uncertain future, artistic research can equip artists with the tools to envision new ways of doing in a changing sociopolitical landscape. In this future landscape both trans and anti-disciplinary global art studies need to be brought into focus. The artists of the future will need to either collaborate with those of other disciplines to explore shared artistic, scientific and sociopolitical topics or do away with disciplinary restrictions and the narrow frames for artistic production imposed by their disciplines. In order to successfully pursue such aims artists and arts students need to have a fundamentally research-oriented attitude and be steeped in curiosity, critical reflection and the drive to experiment.
This all necessitates a change in the way we educate future artists. Nothing less than the survival of the arts and arts education is at stake (as well as of that of the institute). We foresee the need for a more fluid but also research-centered model of education based on paths that are self-directed by each student’s vision of their future artistic or educational practice. The institute will need to be organized around artistic research clusters in which students of all levels and staff from multiple disciplines collaborate in research on themes or topics which are the focus of the self-directed pathways carved out by future students. Thus both the individual autonomy of the student and a collective, collaborative, exploratory environment will be combined into a single trajectory. As such, studies at the FHK at all levels should represent milestones in the unending journey of a life in the arts where beginning and ending points of trajectories naturally flow into professional lifelong practices.