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Artistic Research Catalogue (ARC)


Conference and Official RC Launch


1 – 2 March 2012

The Hague

The Artistic Research Catalogue project, led by Henk Borgdorff (researcher at the University of the Arts, The Hague) and Michael Schwab (Editor in chief Journal for Artistic Research), was awarded with a two-year subsidy by the SIA RAAK-International programme in March 2010. With nineteen national and international partners, the ARC project enables the creation of an independently functioning and digital platform for the documentation, exposition and distribution of research in the arts worldwide.

For more information about the RC please visit:

On 1-2 March 2012 the Research Catalogue will be launched at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

To attend, please RSVP before 15 February 2012 to:

Limited places are available.

Participation costs:

1 day: € 10,- (incl. lunch)

2 days: € 15,- (incl lunch on both days)

The conference will be followed by a conference dinner on Thursday 1 March. Costs of the dinner are an additional € 20,- (incl. drinks).

Participation is only confirmed after the payment is received. Payment details will be send by email.


Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague

Prinsessegracht 4

2514 AN Den Haag, The Netherlands



Thursday, 1 March 2012

09:00  Welcome by Frans de Ruiter, Director of the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University

09:05  Introduction - Henk Borgdorff (Gothenburg/The Hague) and Michael Schwab (London) 

09:30  Presentations 1 (chair: Ruth Benschop, Maastricht)

11:00  Break

11:30  Introducing the Rersearch Catalogue - Michael Schwab

12:00  Exposition writing - Barnaby Drabble (Zürich) 

12:30  Lunch

13:30  Presentations 2 (chair: Ruth Benschop)

15:00  Break

15:30  The Research Catalogue and its Contexts - Henk Borgdorff 

16:30  Panel with expert speaker - Lucy Cotter (The Hague), Catharina Dyrssen (Gothenburg), Katy MacLeod (Kingston), Ruth Sonderegger (Vienna), Jack Spaapen (Amsterdam), Sarah de Rijcke (Leiden).

17.30  Short break

17:45  Book launch: Intellectual Birdhouse – Art Practice as Research - Florian Dombois and Michael Schwab

18.15  Close

18.45  Conference Dinner


Friday, 2 March 2012

09:30  The Research Catalogue as E-publication - Binke van Kerkhoven (Brussels), Jan Kenter (Karlsruhe) and Michael Schwab 

11.00  Coffee Break

11:30  Keynote address: Catharina Dyrssen, Chalmer University of Technology, Gothenburg 

12:30  Lunch

13:30  Presentations 3 (chair: Ruth Benschop)

15:00  Break

15:30  Panel with stakeholders - Florian Dombois (Zürich), Sher Doruff (Master Choreography, Amsterdam), Julian Klein (Journal for Artistic Research), Anna Lindal (Society for Artistic Research), Peter Peters (Zuyd University), Steven Ten Thije (Van Abbemuseum), Michel van Dartel (V2 Rotterdam) and Walter Ysebaert (Free University, Brussels).

17:30  Close

20.30 'Flow my Tears'

 Music Theatre Production by Veenfabriek

Directed by Paul Koek

Theater aan het Spui, Spui 187, Den Haag

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ARC: The Missing Link

Within the art world, the notion of 'research' has gained much credibility over the recent years. Artistic research is a new and emerging field of practice-based investigation in which the practice of the artist is central to both the research process and to the outcome of the research. In this emerging field of art research in Europe and beyond there is a need for an adequate form of documenting, disclosing and disseminating artists’ research projects. Artist-researchers want to have their work displayed and documented in a context where modes of presentation are significant, and on the other side of the spectrum there is the demand of funding bodies and art institutions such as museums, galleries and collections to have artistic research made accessible. The Artistic Research Catalogue answers to these needs by creating a platform to document and to discuss research, to debate methodological issues pertaining to the founding of this emerging new phenomenon, to disseminate the concrete results of artistic research projects and to communicate the underlying theoretical and artistic principles and premises.

The ARC project contributes to the founding and grounding of the new artistic research paradigm by the design of a digital research catalogue and through research into the fundamental and practical issues related to such an instrument. In the expanding world of digital repositories there is not yet an instrument fitted to the needs of professional artists and their research projects. The Catalogue positions itself between art practice and academia, between the world of art and higher arts education. Artistic research occupies a discursive field linking extensive documentations of both research and art work with expositions and comments that engage with the signification of the work as research. Adding work to this catalogue makes a claim that the work can be seen as research; through expositions, comments and articles the initial claim is transformed into an argument. Finding a suitable structure in which to develop the relationship between documentation and exposition plays a difficult but important part in artistic research.

The need for the development of an ARC is felt by artist-researchers in various art disciplines and on different levels in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond. Therefore, the group working on the ARC-project consists of Dutch and foreign artists, art institutions, branch organisations, academies and art universities, which represents fine art, music, theatre, literature, design, architecture etc, with the University of the Arts, The Hague, as the applicant university. (See the full list of ARC partners below) The ARC-project will also join forces with the Journal for Artistic Research (JAR), an initiative by the University of the Arts, Bern, Switzerland. JAR is an international, online, Open Access and double blind peer-reviewed, academic journal (in the making) for the identification, publication and dissemination of artistic research and its methodology.


To provide artist-researchers with the freedom of presenting in a mode suitable for their specific needs, a customized software programme is being develop especially for the Artistic Research Catalogue. Under the supervision of Jürgen Enge, from the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, programmers from Project Gamma are designing a Catalogue which will be a unique and necessary contribution to the field of digital catalogues. After the completion of the ARC project in March 2012, the Catalogue will continue as a self-containing and independent platform.

The ARC will strengthen the bond between art practitioners and academia in the Netherlands, in Europe and beyond, and will be an important instrument to build an international research environment for artists, galleries, museums, performing arts companies, and art schools. The mobility of both staff and students will be enhanced during and after the project, among others by organising research events (conferences, exhibitions and manifestations) in Europe.

At its completion, the Catalogue will be an invaluable source of information for artists and art students, as well as for art professionals, curators and researchers. Eventually the ARC can also be employed in exhibitions, articles and other catalogues; thus reaching a wider audience.

ARC Partners

  • Hogeschool Zuyd, Research Centre Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts, Maastricht
  • Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Research Group Art and Public Space, Amsterdam
  • Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Professorship Artistic Research at MAHKU, Utrecht
  • Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven
  • Royal College of Art, Department Curating Contemporary Art, London
  • Bern University of the Arts, Y (Institute for Transdisciplinarity), Bern
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
  • Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Project GAMMA, Karlsruhe
  • Leiden University, Academy for Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden
  • Het Huis van Bourgondië, Maastricht
  • MIT, Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), Cambridge MA
  • Stichting BAK, Basis voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht
  • JAR, Journal for Artistic Research, hosted at Bern University, Bern
  • V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam
  • Theaterschool Amsterdam, Amsterdam Master Choreography, Amsterdam
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Dept. R&D, Brussels
  • ELIA, European League of Institutes of the Arts
  • AEC, European Association of Conservatories
  • SLSAeu, European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

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