ARIA conducts and supervises research in, with and about the arts, along with the three Antwerp Schools of Arts (Sint-Lucas, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp). Ongoing research within ARIA includes technical, scientific and biological (material) research, as well as interpretative theoretical and empirical research on the role of the arts and arts practice in society.
In addition, the research also focuses on the economic, political and social working conditions of artists and the impact of this (changing) social context on their artistic output. In other words, the common denominator in all research conducted at ARIA is contemporary art. The starting point is always the technical, interpretative or social issues that emerge in an artistic work or development process. Artists and designers then search for solutions or answers to these issues in cooperation with scientists.
ARIA is co-publisher of FORUM+, the peer-reviewed journal for Research and Arts in Belgium and the Netherlands. The journal explores the latest trends in research in the arts, which is gaining importance in higher arts education in Flanders and the Netherlands. FORUM+ is primarily aimed at researchers, teachers and students in the field of music, theater, dance and visual arts, but it also brings current developments of research in the arts to the art-loving public. For this FORUM+ delivers accessibility in form and content, positioning itself in between an academic journal and a cultural magazine. It publishes articles and visual essays in Dutch and English that stem from original research and are peer-reviewed by the editorial staff and a member of the editorial advisory board with specific expertise in this field.
The editorial board also welcomes short contributions such as visual essays, podcasts, interviews, reviews and reflective essays. In this way FORUM+ provides a platform for the many ways in which research in the arts is expressed and articulated today.