Residency: "To have one's cake and eat it too"

19 September till 23 October 2012 at SYB, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands

Artistic research is trendy, but its exact meaning is often unclear. For example, what does Beetsterzwaag do with artistic research? This might look like a silly question, but at the same time, it contains all the large issues that are part of the phenomenon of ?artistic research?. What does the practice of an artistic researcher look like? What kind of research does he do and how are the results presented? Does artistic research have its own aesthetics?

Art, just like science, is a form of knowledge production. But the knowledge that art produces is often intangible, while science tries to generate knowledge in transparent and reproducible way. This knowledge is translated into a clinical, formal and unambiguous presentation. How is it possible to combine two such seemingly different ways of knowledge production and presentation? This is the question with which many artistic researchers struggle.

From 19 September until 23 October 2012, Kunsthuis SYB in Beetsterzwaag was the location of an intensive exploration of these and other questions regarding artistic research. In five sessions of a week each, a few alumni (2012) of the Master in Artistic Research of the University of Amsterdam gathered with a few first and second year students of that same Master?s degree. They shared their expectations, successes and failures by reflecting on their own research practice; the goal was nothing short of trying to penetrate the essence of artistic research.

Participating artists: Naomi Cheung San, Pieter de Kok, Szilvia Mondel, Rosalie Ravensteijn, Paula
Salas, Weronika Zielinska, Heiðar Kári Rannversson, Maritt Serena Kuipers and the Zolder Museum (Iva Supic Jankovic, Aimee Zito Lema, Kristina Benjocki en Isfrid Angard Siljehaug).

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