Couse manual


  form : Practice tutorial 6 ECTS (168 hours / total period of 8 months)

  tutor: Emily Huurdeman 

  participants: 4-6 first and second year students of master Artistic Research

  period: September to June


  8 events and 8 meetings (40%): 3 hours per event and 5 hours meeting 

  4 artistic contributions (40%): 5-10 minutes, 2 public and 2 private  

  1 Online Pillow Book (20%): 4 short (300-500 words) theoretically underpinned formations


 COURSE Description 


The subject of the tutorial is the intertwinement of artistic and scientific research strategies and how you can use them in your artistic practice. The focus is on your work in progress: sharing, tracking, analyzing and reflecting. The tutorial is divided in a tutorial day every second Tuesday of the month and an event day by the name of Café Chercher (see below) every last Tuesday of the month.


The tutorial day will provide you with theoretical background, guest tutors, and peer feedback. On tutorial days you will share your reflections on your artistic contributions, formulate your own position towards the theory, and contextualize your artistic work and research. The theoretical framework is based on the artistic essay as approach, we will use four core commitments of the essay to discover and develop artistic strategies of researching. The meetings aim to provide a space in which you and your peers can share, discuss, analyze and reflect on your artistic process. Together we'll create an environment in which we can collectively doubt, experiment, speculate and be critical


You will also share your artistic research works in an unfinished stage at Café Chercher. The platform is a public space where you will get feedback from a wide range of people. Café Chercher is an art cafe for presenting unfinished research projects. These projects typically exist in-between the realms of the arts and the sciences in an environment for artists involved in research and researchers involved in the arts. Events are filled with presentations, performances, dance, music, videos, soup and drinks. Participants are art practitioners, students, phd-researchers, alumni and professors from different disciplines and institutions. You will connect with a growing community of inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional artistic researchers.


Café Chercher ( is organized between 18.30h and 20.30h. The evening is hosted at VOX-POP Creative Space of the UvA Humanities Faculty (Binnengasthuisstraat 9, Amsterdam)





There will be at least four artistic contributions. These contributions are artistic works of your research project in an unfinished stage. Two are shared in the public and informal environment of Café Chercher and two are shared in the private environment of the meetings. The public environment provides feedback from a wide range of people, while the private environment will provide feedback from your peers and the tutor(s). The contributions are experimental and should be critical towards the used form and content. The contributions should have a speculative point of view towards your research and you should aim to search for the new and hypothetical rather than the safe and known. The contributions are in a conceptually coherent form (for instance: a try-out, prototype, workshop, lecture performance)and may use all different artistic disciplines and media (for instance: video, poem, dance, theater, music). The goal is to investigate different artistic forms of your research by being eclectic, by being influenced, by combining, by composing, by collaging, by associating, and perhaps even by collaborating.


2) MEETINGS AND EVENTS (16 total, 40% total)


2.1) MEETINGS (8 total, 20%)

The first meeting is an introduction of practice based artistic research methodologies and projects. The other meetings have one of the following four commitments as theme: “unfinished”, “experiment”, “critical" and “speculative”. These words connected to both artistic as well as scientific domains. and are intentionally broad. The four commitments become defined by using them in relation to each other and in relation to your own artistic and theoretical research context. You will prepare each meeting by reading an assigned paper, selecting a paper, listening to a lecture. The meetings revolve around peer feedback, and reflections on the artistic progress of your research.


Formulations (300-500 words)

In preparation of the meetings you will formulate and theoretically underpin what your definition of the discussed commitment is (this can be theoretically, artistically, personally, politically, etcetera). This also includes reflecting on how your formulation of the commitment relates to your own artistic practice and research. Think of conceptually coherent forms (for instance: report, list, essay, diary entry, poem, song, video, subtitles, voice recording) and add it to your Pillow Book (see point 3).



every meeting you prepare by formulating your own definition and use of the commitment that is discussed

every meeting we discuss and reflect on Café Chercher and the contributions

in two meetings you share an artistic contribution


2.1) EVENTS (8 total, 20%)

You partake in the monthly event by contributing with artistic contributions as described in paragraph 1, and by helping at the events (for instance: help at the bar, be a host(ess), think of a funky soup). We will reflect the events every following meeting and discuss possible changes to the format and experiment with them. Additionally you can document an event in any way you like (for instance: voice-recording, poetry, video, photography), make a clipping or make a video for on the bar (See Café Chercher Clippings). They are not mandatory, but can be used as an artistic contribution,



at the events you help out with the event and preparations 

two events you share an artistic contribution



The Zuihitsu is a form of Japanese literature related to the essay. It incorporates drawings and different forms of writing (lists; scribbles; dreams; quotes; etcetera), the Zuihitsu uses the visual and textual in a fragmented, nonlinear, way. One of the most famous Zuihitsu's dates from 1002 and is called "Makura no Soshi” which translates into “The pillow book”. A modern-day Zuihitsu could incorporate sound, video, images, and web-links. The perfect place to facilitate this form is the workspace of the Research Catalogue from the Society of Artistic Research. Students create a workspace and update this space over the course of the 8 months. The goal is to archive material and to track an artistic thought-process. In the meetings you will reflect on your artistic contribution and you will get feedback from peers which you can include in your Pillow Book. The pages will be shared in the meetings and will contain your formulations.




sign up for the research Catalogue Workspace and make a ‘Pillow Book’ workspace

include at least 4 formulations 

you include additional non-textual elements



EVENTS: sign in for two dates

30 January #4.4 Café Chercher name: Hanna

30 January #4.4 Café Chercher name: Sara-Lot

27 February #4.5 Café Chercher name:Ester-Eva

27 February #4.5 Café Chercher name: Christine

27 March #4.6 Café Chercher name: Marjolijn

27 March #4.6 Café Chercher name: Hanna

24 April #4.7 Café Chercher name:Ester-Eva

24 April #4.7 Café Chercher name: Sara-Lot

29th May #4.8 Café Chercher name: Marjolijn

29th May #4.8 Café Chercher name: Christine

MEETINGS: sign in for one date

13 February #4 experimenting all

Guest Teacher Oscar Santillan

13 March #5 on a critical note name: Ester-Eva

13 March #5 on a critical note name:

13 March #5 on a critical note name: Sara-Lot

Guest teacherMilo van der Maaden


10 April #6 on the speculative name: Hanna

10 April #6 on the speculative name: Marjolijn

10 April #6 on the speculative name:  Christine

Guest Teacher

 Schedule indication for the tutorial day:

10.00 - 10.4545 minutes discussing Café Chercher (reflection and feedback)

10.45 - 11.1530 minutes discussing the the previous contributions (reflection and feedback)

break15 minutes 

11.30 - 11.45 15 minutesartistic and theoratical introduction of the commitment theme

11.45 - 13.00 75 minutesdiscussing the formulations and readings

break 30 minutes

13.30-15.00 90 minuteswatch a video essay (2017) 2-3 contributions with peer feedback (2018)


Schedule indication for the event day:

17.00-18.00  60 minutesarrival of core team 

18.00-19.00  60 minutesbuild-up with full team 

19.00-19.30  30 minuteshome made soup 

           19.25   5 minutesintroduction talk 

19.30-21.00  90 minutesprogram: 

                          10-15 minutes (30 minute window) 2 speakers presenting their projects room for questions

                           5-10 minutes (15 minute window) 1 or 2 performances (art, music, dance, theatre, poetry) 

                           5-10 minutes(15 minute window) 1 video screening (Clipping)

                           continuous(on the bar) 1 video screening on a tv (Clippings) 

21.00-21.30  30 minutesdrinks and small snacks 

21.15-21.45  30 minutesbuild-down with full team









Event #4.1


Café Chercher at VOX-POPFirst Café Chercher of the season! 



Meeting #1



Introduction and discussion 

Discussing the format of Café Chercher. Discussing the four theoretical commitments and their relevance for artistic research. Introducing and discussing the 'process evaluation criteria’ of the tutorial. Introduction of your artistic work. Introducing the  Journal of Artistic Research (JAR).

Practicalities: making the presentation schedule for the artistic contributions (see above)


Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.1

Introducing the commitments, the tutorial, JAR

Share introduction of your artistic practice





Event #4.2




optional: ASCA Research Group on Artistic Research(at Belle van Zuylenzaal, 

Singel 421-427, 1012 WP Amsterdam UB)

Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00)




Meeting #2


On artistic research (at Vondelzaal, Room C1.08 in de UB, Singel 425)

Introduction to the theoretical field (debate, methodologies), introduction of the practical field (practice based and practice led research), and artistic research in the different disciplines. Practicalities: introducing the Research Catalogue Workspace


Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.2

Read: choose and read an article from the  Journal of Artistic Research (JAR) that is relevant for you and share the webpage in class 




Event #4.3



ARIAS Info-night on Artistic Research PhD’s at VOX-POP

Café Chercher at VOX-POP  (19.00-21.00)






Meeting #3



On the unfinished, on doubt (at VOX-POP)

On the essay and essayistic science, on the value of prototyping, probing, try-outs, and jams. On research in process. 


Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.3

Formulation #1:  what questions and doubts you have in relation to your artistic work and research, and what certainties you might be able to question? (add in your Pillowbook)

Watch Robin Deacon

Watch essay film in class













Event #4.4


Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00) (share: two artistic contributions)

Hanna and Sara-Lot



Meeting #4


On experimenting (at VOX-POP OMPH A1.18D)

On experimental methodologies in Artistic Research: Rheinbergers “experimental systems” (2013), Goethe’s essayistic science (1792) and Schwab's (2013), “Experimental systems in Artistic Research”.


Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.4

Formulation #2: how do you “speculate” (theoretically underpin), think of possible future forms of your artistic work in relation to the formulation. (add in your Pilowbook) 

Read: one of the articles in “Experimental systems in Artistic Research” and relate to your own work and research

Share: do an experiment with your work, think of how you could experiment further (all students share an artistic contribution)



Event #4.5


Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00) (share: two artistic contributions)



Meeting #5


On a critical note (at VOX-POP OMPH E0.13)

On criticalaties: "critical fase", "critical making", "critical theory", “over-interpretation” 


Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.5

Formulation #3: define what “critical” means to you (research related terms and theoretically underpin) and how your research “critical”, and how is your artistic work critical? (add in your Pillow Book)

Read: search for a relevant academic article to share in class

Share: two to three artistic contributions



Event #4.6


Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00) (share: two artistic contributions)



Meeting #6


On the speculative ((at VOX-POP OMPH E0.13))

Contemporaneity (Agamben), Lars O’Erickson “Meta-fact" (2004) “bold conjectures” and "bold hypothesis" (K. Popper, 1935) "equivocation" and “ambiguity" in art (Sarah Pourciau, 2007), "speculative realism”.


Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher #4.6

Formulation #4: what defines “speculating” for you and how do you “speculate” (research related terms and theoretically underpin), what could possible future forms for your artistic work be? (add in your Pillow Book) 

Watch: Agamben "On the contemporary" (1-4, will also be in the reader)

Share: two artistic contributions



Event #4.7


Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00) (share: two artistic contributions)



Meeting #7


Wild card

To be programmed (for instance: a screening, play, concert, or a field trip). Suggestions welcome. 



Meeting #8


Reflecting on all the contributions

Discussing and reflection on Café Chercher 

Feedback on the tutorial 



Event #4.8


Café Chercher at VOX-POP (19.00-21.00) Last event of the season!