(!) Due to limited seating, we ask you to sign-up for your chosen SIG session here.
(based on "first come - first served" basis /  sign-up deadline April 10)


SAR Special Interest Groups (SIGs) serve the purpose of lasting in depth peer exchange, activity, and productivity on any topic or focus area of special interest in relation to artistic research, its practice, education, and institutionalisation. 

A number of SIGs have accepted the invitation to co-create the SIGs’ contribution to the SAR Forum 2024 and have developed tailor-made formats to engage with the Forum’s participants and encourage a thought-provoking and stimulating dialogue about their special interest.


SIG 1 | Language-based Artistic Research - (Room: A2.01/Collegezaal)

Co-founded by Emma Cocker, Alexander Damianisch, Cordula Daus, Lena Séraphin


Language-based Artistic Research is a new term for an emergent field of artistic research, describing approaches to artistic research that specifically work-with language. The Special Interest Group (SIG) for Language-based Artistic Research was inaugurated in 2019 within the frame of the Research Pavilion #3, Venice, and now comprises an international network of over 500 artistic researchers. This SIG explores how artistic research is undertaken in and through different language-based practices. The intent is not to define or fix what language-based artistic research is but rather to reflect how it is practised in its diversity.


This SIG session during the SAR Forum will mark the official launch of Practice Sharing II, an online publication-platform of diverse language-based practices within the field of artistic research including over 60 individuals and collaborations, exploring translinguality, embodied languaging, sited and situative writing, fictional approaches, text as material, experimental reading and more. Within the SIG session, various ‘practice sharings’ will be activated through live presentation. In parallel, there will be presentations from different THEMATIC NODES within the field of language-based artistic research. The term NODE is used to describe a point in a network or diagram at which lines or pathways intersect or branch. We use the term THEMATIC NODES for referring to a group of artistic researchers coming together for engaging with a specific thematic focus, resonant affinity, or a matter of urgency relating to language-based artistic research. Live presentations from new and existing THEMATIC NODES will address diverse language-based issues and questions including - to whom or what do we give a voice; the slides and slips between sound and speech; the asemic and ‘eco-asemic’ materiality of language; the entanglement of languages between speaking, moving, drawing; collective writing in public space; ecologies of practice for exploring relationships between aesthetic thinking and discursive-propositional thinking. The session will introduce the activities of this SIG, providing invitation to the wider community of artistic researchers to become involved.

More about the content and contributors within the SIG 1 session during the SAR FORUM can be found here - https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/835089/2686626




SIG 5 | Artist Pedagogy Research Group - (Room: Kolommenzaal)

This group explores relationships between artists pedagogy and artistic research. At the SAR Forum we are investigating the spaces, places and contexts of both. Our starting point is the site of Fontys Academy, the surrounding spaces. Thinking about the people who work and live there, that pass through, or pass by, of the space of the art school and the city as frames for pedagogies, practices and research. Of curricula and regulations as sites that hold or perpetuate assumptions and prejudices or promote equality, facilitating artistic freedom and new ways of thinking and working. 


The session is planned in three stages:


  1. Beginning with a walk that has been collaboratively ‘scored’ on Research Catalogue which explores the academy, the spaces that surround it and the city it is situated in. 
  2. Continuing in breakout workshops organised by different subgroups of the SIG around their specific focuses.
  3. Concluding by coming together to ‘collage’ the learning and experiences all participants and facilitators.




SIG 7 | Co-Agency - Artistic Research as transformative practice  (Room: E2.01)

This group addresses the question of what role artistic research plays and could play in the context of contemporary, social-ecological transformation processes. This refers in particular to the potential for shifting perceptual dispositives and relevance regimes through artistic-research modes of thinking and procedures, and the associated opening up and activation of actionable futures. The aim of the SIG is, on the one hand, to create a platform within SAR for the exchange of researchers interested in the topic and to network ongoing and planned projects in the thematic field.  On the other hand, it also aims to do conceptual work: Here, fundamental questions are to be considered, such as the characteristics of an epistemology of transformation through artistic research processes in the context of debates about the future. But the question of integrating artistic research into concrete research contexts such as transdisciplinary sustainability research should also be addressed - not least with a view to shaping suitable framework conditions and policies.


Invitation to the SAR Community

During the SAR International Forum, the SIG Co-Agency invites all interested parties to participate in the further profiling of the three thematic fields to which the members of the SIG are dedicated:

  • The specification of the topic "Co-Agency" with reference to concept of non-anthropocentrically addressed inter- and intra-actions between humans, nature and technology;
  • The development of (propositional and non-propositional) vocabularies allowing an appropriate conceptualization of co-agency in the above focus and building a corresponding glossary using a wiki-based collaborative approach
  • The creation of a forum for the exchange of specific experiences in bridging artistic research approaches and methodologies with other forms of knowledge production, in order to gain a deeper understanding of how artistic research can contribute to coordinated and collaborative efforts to address societal challenges.



The work on the thematic areas will be mainly based on the discussion/analysis of specific artistic research projects. Topic-specific work phases in groups and discussions in plenary sessions alternate and are documented in each case.

Possible contributions may include:

  • the presentation of own research projects in the subject area;
  • the presentation of thematically relevant examples;
  • the formulation of questions and theses on the topics mentioned. 

Contributions can be registered the evening before (10 April) during the poster session; spontaneous contributions are also possible.

More information here: https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/2425172/2581073




SIG 8 | Facilitating: Inaugural Meeting (Room: Chapel/Kapel - Street entrance: Bisschop Zwijsenstraat 7, Tilburg)

organized by Adelheid Mers, Marija Griniuk, Janne-Camilla Lyster


Facilitating practices in the arts are under-theorized, even though they occur widely, as part of devised theater and the performing and performance arts, and across Fluxus, interactive, relational, community-based and socially engaged art. Facilitating practices in the arts intersect with design, pedagogy, art therapy, community organizing and advocacy, and even professional facilitation and coaching, all of which work through multiple, mature methodologies, but unlike facilitating practices in the arts share a clear focus on outcomes. 

Contributors to the inaugural convening of the SIG 8: Facilitating share a realization that facilitating asserted itself at a central position in our practices, even before we recognized and named it. There is a rising need to grasp facilitating in the arts methodologically, through its emergent techniques and as a way of knowing, for example by devising laboratories that trace situated and embodied perception, co-creation and articulation. There is interest in locating facilitating as an instigator of institutional imagination by thinking facilitating in conjunction with ethics and agency, and also with vulnerability, joy and communitas. 


We are looking forward to spending the morning with each other, sharing our practices, and ending the meeting by co-devising an overview of what is underway, and an outlook of what may come next. The convening is open to all Forum attendees, who may also join into all activations and the concluding exercise.  


Program Details for Thursday April 11, 9:30  - 1:30

Fontys Academy of the Arts, room TBA


Welcome + Introduction 

9:30 - 9:45 Adelheid Mers and Marija Griniuk



9:45 - 9:55  Andrew ChamplinSoften and Make Space



9:55  - 10:20 Nohad ElHajjFacilitation Meets Art

 10:20 - 10:45  Gabriela Milyanova and Nienke ScholtsFacilitation as a Care Practice of Being in Relation


Break + Activation

10:45  - 11:00 Kevin BoardmanThinking creatively with reusable 3D surfaces 



11:00 - 11:15 Charlotta RuthParticipatory Sense-Making

11:15 - 11:30 Sophie HopeEyerolls, interruptions and tightened lips: the art of meetings in socially engaged practices


Break: 11:30 - 11:40


Lightning Round Adjacencies 

11:40 - 11:50 Lavinia CazacuIntersecting Artworlds: Analyzing Challenges Through Participation

11:50 - 12:00 Diana AcostaThe Wonders of the Forest

12:00 - 12:10 Lynne HellerCo-creating with Disability Communities

12:10 - 12:20 Camila Mangueira and Fabrício Fava: Critical design practices for rethinking media ecologies

12:20 - 12:30 TBA


Break: 12:30 - 12:45 


12:45 - 1:30 Co-creating a Map of “Facilitating” and projecting next steps for the SIG Facilitating 


Parallel Digital Introductions: view on demand 

in progress - this section remains open for contributions

For detailed program including abstracts for individual contributions see: