Methods in artistic research

February 07.2019

Initiator: Adilia Yip

In this seminar, Doctor of Arts Adilia Yip invites artistic researchers to discuss their methods. Method is the framework for the activities undertaken during the research, and the steering wheel guiding how to recognise, collect, organise, understand, explain, analyse and evaluate the research data, experience, idea, practice and phenomenon. Method may take the form of experimentation, hypothesis, theorisation and creation, as well as documenting the experiences of entering an unknown territory, or digging deeper into the core of what has been believed and practised for a long time. Method is, therefore, considered the supporter and stimulator of the researcher's intuitive ideas.

As method in artistic research can take shape through a vast array of approaches and structures, it seems that no two artistic research methods are identical. Method is idiosyncratic in nature and its configuration is always up to the researcher. He/she is given the legitimate freedom to design the method that helps to find answers and explore new knowledge. Yet, we are often left with questions and doubts about the sustainability, practicality, effectiveness and feasibility of method. And how do we know this is "the way" that can direct us to the answers to our central research questions?

  • What is method in artistic research?
  • How do you formulate method?
  • Can one artistic research method be transferred to other research and remain sustainable in the future?
  • Can we evaluate the quality of a method?

Contributions by:

  • Prof. Kathleen Coessens (philosopher, artist and artistic researcher, Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels and Orpheus Research Centre in Music, Chairlady of artistic research group CORPoREAL, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp)
  • Dr. Michael Schwab (artist and editor-in-chief Journal for Artistic Research (JAR))
  • Dr. Wei-ya Lin (viola player, ethnomusicologist and artistic researcher/ University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna)
  • ...


  • 11:00 - 11:30  Adilia Yip, Opening speech - All facets of method
  • 11:30 - 12:15  Kathleen Coessens, Keynote - Challenges in/through/for artistic research
  • 12:15 - 12:35  Eric Thielemans (KA/KCA, percussionist), Kings’ castle: embodied techniques of resonance in and through improvisation
  • 12:35 - 12:55  Neal Leemput (KCA, theater & performer), The Artist’s Gaze: Reflective Methodology in Artistic Research
  • 12:55 - 14:00  Lunch
  • 14:00 - 14:45  Wei-ya Lin, Keynote - Connecting ethnomusicology and practice-based research
  • 14:45 - 15:05  Adilia Yip, The artist’s self in cross-cultural artistic research

Science, systematic analysis and experimentation in artistic research

  • 15:05 - 15:25  Ned McGowan (docARTES, flutist & composer), Speed in Music, Brain and Body
  • 15:25 - 15:45  Coffee break
  • 15:45 - 16:30  Michael Schwab, Keynote - Experimentation, exposition, transposition
  • 16:30 - 16:50  Umut Riza Eldem (KCA, composer), Consolidating the Artistic and the Scientific
  • 16:50 - 17:10  Giusy Caruso (IPEM & KASK), pianist), My Avatar and me: a method to assist contemporary music performers in monitoring their artistic process
  • 17:10 - 18:00  Concluding discussion 

Venue: Witte Zaal, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, 11:00 - 18:00

More info and call for contributions on the Methods in Artistic Research website.

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