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.