Public Lecture

Two perspectives on Artistic Research: Gertrud Sandqvist & Michael Schwab

26/3 at Kunsthal Aarhus, 16.00-18.00

Organized in in collaboration with the Aesthetic Seminar series at Aarhus University.

Gertrud Sandqvist: Art Research – a perspective
Sandqvist has worked with a PhD program in visual art for artists and curators at Malmö Art Academy since 2002. From having been quite lonely the field has exploded during recent years, and a canon is about to be established. From Sandqvist’s perspective it is important to stress a few things, which maybe should be self-evident. The first thing is that art research is a hybrid between art practice and various research modes. A PhD in visual art is not a very elaborate artist’s statement. It is researched carried out by an artist, and with access to all the experience, which comes with that, but there must be a research question that will be answered through the PhD work. It means: there must be new knowledge being produced and presented in the dissertation, and other researchers must be able to use this knowledge. This sounds self evident, but it is not.

Michael Schwab: Making Proto-Objects
The presentation will explain the concept of ‘proto-objects’ through a few examples from my practice. With this concept in mind and with reference to Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s notion of ‘Experimental System’, the talk will highlight a tension between making and meaning that represents both a challenge to academia and an opportunity for artistic researchers.


Gertrud Sandqvist is professor in the theory and history of ideas of visual art at Malmö Art Academy, Lund University, Sweden, and Rector (1995-2007, 2011-). She was previously a board member of the National Foundation for Swedish Culture of the Future (2003-12), and chaired the steering committee of KUNO, the network organization of all Nordic Art Academies (2007-10). She is a member of the International board of Maumaus-escola des artes Visuales, Lisbon, and is a regular visiting professor at HISK in Ghent, and is one of the founding members of EARN, European Art Research Network. Currently she is researching Swedish visionary artist Hilma af Klint.

Michael Schwab is an artist and artistic researcher who interrogates post-conceptual uses of technology in a variety of media including photography, drawing, printmaking and installation art. He works as a researcher for the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, and is a research fellow at Orpheus Institute, Ghent, and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. He is co-initiator and inaugural Editor-in- Chief of JAR, the Journal for Artistic Research.



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