Syllabus - "Documentation - forms of reflection"


The primary goal for the workshop is to look at the potential of artistic research documentation. The workshop will address different perceptions relating to documentation, and the development of international archives and Fora for artistic research. Focus on the development of artistic, research trajectory, and the role of documentation.

What happens to the results of artistic research? An exhibition or a performance is by nature transient, and any written documentation that does not include the visual or auditive elements is for the most part inadequate. The artist’s presence in the moment, time and place has a core value that is unique. As a phenomenon, artistic research documentation belongs to the art institutions and is conducted in collaboration with them. But the results concern the whole art community, – how to make distinctive artistic contributions. How to reach a wider audience, how to present and discuss artistic research? How can artistic competence have sufficient influence on the establishment of new frameworks? The institutions’ ability and desire to address the challenges of contextualising, formulating content and intentions and to ask critical questions have been strengthened in a manner that benefits the artistic results. Interdisciplinary activity has challenged the conventions of the different disciplines in a very productive way, and we can already see the results of this in new collaborative constellations.

Participants are asked to send in questions or topics they would like to explore in the workshop. This is so the workshop content can be tailored to their individual needs.

Aims and content

  • Examples and challenges of documentation
  • International archives of artistic research
  • Networks of artistic research documentation

Required Reading

The Role of Documentation in Practice-Led Research by Nithikul Nimkulrat, Journal of Research Practice Volume 3, Issue 1, Article M6, 2007  PDF

Visualizing research: a guide to the research process in art and design by Carole Gray and Julian Malins., Ashgate Publishing, 2004 PDF

Artistic research methodology : narrative, power and the public by Mika Hannula, Juha Suoranta, Tere Vadén, New York : Peter Lang, 2014   PDF