EARN (European Artistic Research Network) was established to share and exchange knowledge and experience in artistic research; foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among art researchers; promote wider dissemination of artistic research; and enable global connectivity and exchange for artistic research.
The European Art Research Network (EARN) is a network of artists, researchers, educators, research leaders, and their host institutions established in 2004 in order to:
(i) share and exchange knowledge and experience in respect of artistic research, with particular reference to the development of postgraduate programmes
(ii) foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among researchers, artists, educators and across diverse institutions and cultures
(iii) develop and promote platforms for the wider dissemination of artistic research
(iv) enable global connectivity for artistic research while respecting the diversity of paradigms, models, and cultures of art research.
The term ‘artistic research’* broadly describes research which entails actual practice within the arts. The network is not limited by a single model of artistic research but based on a pragmatic recognition that research which entails actual practice within the arts is a specific and dynamic space of cultural creativity. This allows of a range of models, interpretations and paradigms (practice-led research, practice-based research, art research, research in and through the arts, etc.) while establishing a shared core concern with research grounded in actual art practices.
These models range from institutional constructions such as the AHRC’s – ‘Research in which the professional and/or creative practices of art… play an instrumental part in an inquiry’ – to independent expert constructions, such as Hannula et al’s description – ‘Artistic research means that the artist produces an art work and researches the creative process, thus adding to the accumulation of knowledge.’ (Hannula et al, 2005. p. 5.) The network seeks to explore these different conceptions and modalities of artistic research and to enable exchange and critical dialogue across these different paradigms. It does this in order to enhance the international research environment and to support researchers in the development of creative work.
*NOTE ON TERMINOLOGY: The terms “artistic research” and “art research” are used as synonyms with reference to research ‘in and through’ the creative arts. Both “artistic research” and “art research” are employed as distinct from the broader category of the (university) “arts” – e.g., “arts & humanities”. “Artistic research” and “art research” are used to emphasize an orientation to research that is primarily rooted in actual artistic practice.
The network operates through a variety of means including regular international working-group meetings, workshops, seminars, symposia, conferences, winter/summer-school programmes, exhibitions, and publications. For more, please see our blog and Past Events.
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