|Research Department Art Theory & Practice
Professor: Janneke Wesseling
Research is central to art education at the KABK. This means that attention is focussed on the role of thinking in the creative process, on the reflection of the student on his/her own artistic practice and on the development of a position within the cultural field. The aim is for the students to develop an open, inquisitive and self-reflexive attitude.
The lectorate Art Theory & Practice plays a stimulating and initiating role in this field. It is engaged with the question of how practice and theory may be interrelated in art education. A few examples: the lectorate sets up joined educational projects of artists and theorists; the lectorate runs an honours programme consisting of interdisciplinary courses for excellent students; in cooperation with the theory department, the lectorate designed a vision on theory education at the KABK, which will also partly be implemented in the general curriculum; the lectorate organizes workshops, conferences and lectures in the area of artistic research.
Artistic research, or research in and through art, is a new academic discipline, based on the increasing engagement of artistis and art theorists with the theoretical aspect of art practice and with the cognitive function of the art work: art as a way to gain insight into reality. Over the past decades, the artist-as-researcher has become a familiar phenomenon.
In the field of artistic research, the KABK cooperates closely with PhDArts, doctoral programme for visual artists and designers at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) at Leiden University. ACPA’s main aim is to bring the arts and academic disciplines together in ways that do justice to both elements. ACPA stimulates and facilitates research that derives its insights from artistic practice. Artistic research as it is being done at ACPA is founded on an expansion of the concept of (academic) knowledge and its dissemination.
Janneke Wesseling was appointed professor in art theory and research at the KABK on 1 february 2007 and is co-founder and co-director of PhDArts. Wesseling also writes as art critic for NRC Handelsblad.
This research department has its own website.