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Accepted Contribution:

Interdisciplinary boundaries: the roles of artists and scientists in contemporary artistic research practices  
Lavinia Cazacu (University of Bucharest)

Short abstract:

Contemporary arts-based research prioritizes the collaborative process between artists and scientists over the final artistic objects, which repositions artistic practices as methodological inquiries, shedding light on both the individual's self-exploration and the ontological nature of art itself.

Long abstract:

The contemporary art landscape is witnessing the emergence of a dynamic paradigm that defies traditional categorizations, blurring the demarcations between artistic creation and academic inquiry, between art and science or artistic and scientific methodologies. A phenomena which is already dominant since several years, is the focus on the process and methodology of the artistic practice, which was “turned into a dynamic point of reference for theory-driven experimentation in general” (Slager, 2004). The proliferation of doctoral programs spanning various artistic practices, curatorial studies, creative writing, and creativity has elevated the methodology of artistic research practices to a prominent position within the academic realm. Consequently, projects and collaborations involving artists, scientists, and experts from diverse fields have brought to the forefront the tensions stemming from their distinct methodologies, fostering reflexivity and a deeper comprehension of their roles within the research process. Art is now expected to ‘deliver’ and current artistic production thinking shifts from the aesthetic to the utilitarian and the roles of the artists and scientists in these collaborations are blurred. The increasingly institutionalised artistic research practices are turning the artist into “a worker aiming to become a researcher” (Nowotny, 2010).

Through the examination of case studies such as Irene Kopelman's "Marine Objects", this study explores the roles of artists and scientists in the research process and methodology, particularly focusing on problem-solving approaches within this interdisciplinary methodologies.

Combined Format Open Panel P268
Creative partners? Repositioning the arts in transdisciplinary collaborations
  Session 1