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ACPA Conference: Is This Thing On? The Public Dimensions of Artistic Research

Thursday 10 October 2019 - Friday 11 October 2019
University of the Arts

The Hague

What is the role of the public in artistic research? What types of public engagement does artistic research seek?

Artistic research is a boundary practice, situated in between art and academia. Its hybrid nature becomes most tangible in its exposure to the public. Concert goers or exhibition visitors encounter artistic work in its final form and may appreciate or reject it on subjective and aesthetic grounds. In artistic research, by contrast, the public can be engaged at different moments in the process of its production and might become an integral part of the combined project of creating art, knowledge and societal relevance. To what extent do artistic researchers take into account this expanded role of the public in their choice of research approach, methods or forms of dissemination? In some instances, participation and response become the very material of the research, while in other cases the researcher resists the pressures of the public gaze.

The 2019 ACPA conference provides a platform to explore a range of practices along this public-private spectrum, and to elicit the productive tensions and correspondences between different forms of engagement such as listening, viewing, interacting, and experiencing. It seeks to problematize the notion and condition of publicness and to investigate both actual and potential relations between the artist-researcher and a real or imagined public

Cathy van Eck, photography by Silvana Torrinha
Cathy van Eck, photography by Silvana Torrinha

Save the date

Please save the date for this two-day conference hosted by the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University and the University of The Arts, The Hague. In addition to presentations, performances, and participatory sessions with and by members of the ACPA research community, this year’s conference has a special focus on artistic research being conducted at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, and will be held at these two institutions in The Hague. Stay tuned for more details!

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