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Mads Thygesen: Art Education and Artistic Research – on the current State of Artistic Research in the Theatre and Dance Institutions of Higher Education

Aesthetic Seminar are organized by Anika Marschall (Post.Doc, Dramaturgy), Peter M. Boenisch (Professor, Dramaturgy) and Karen-Margrethe Simonsen (Associate Professor, Comparative Literature) for the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University.

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Torsdag 25. november 2021,  kl. 14:15 - 16:00


School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 139, Building 1584, Room 116, 8000 Aarhus C

Mads Thygesen: Art Education and Artistic Research – on the current State of Artistic Research in the Theatre and Dance Institutions of Higher Education

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Mads Thygesen will discuss the concept of artistic research and how it relates to higher education, especially in a critical time where most Performing Art Schools in Northern Europe are moving towards a new paradigm for BA, MA, and PhD-programmes. Artistic research can be defined as practice-based, practise-led research conducted by artists, who research within and through the field of art to improve the knowledge about the artistic process and production. In artistic research, artistic methodologies are applied and the end result is presented in a work of art (e.g. a  performance, a concert or an exhibition, a text or a mixture of different media) accompanied by a documentation and reflection of both the process and the result. This notion of artistic research has developed rapidly in the last twenty years and has become a key knowledge base for Higher Arts Education Institutions. Although a waste majority of performing art schools in Scandinavia explicitly embrace a “research attitude” as being intrinsic to their strategic vision of education and art making today many of them struggle to find a clear and common institutional framework for research. In this lecture, Thygesen will discuss the potentials – and the difficulties – of employing different concepts and methodologies of artistic research within performing arts education. He will take a closer look on concrete research projects and discuss how the artistic results can be documented and made available to peers. He will ask how the different politics of artistic education and research, as well as politics for research grants and funding bodies, can be tackled and discuss how the performing art schools can integrate artistic research in the curriculum.    

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