The EU-funded project EU4ART_differences hosted a two-day event on the topic of Artistic Research, its approaches, possibilities, and perspectives on July 7 and 8, 2022 in collaboration with the Landesverband Bildende Kunst Sachsen e.V. and the Technische Universität Dresden. The emphasis was on Artistic Research in the field of Fine Arts.
The Landesverband Bildende Kunst Sachsen organized the first day, which was entitled “Fachtag Bildende Kunst,” with assistance from the Free State of Sachsen Cultural Foundation. The Görges-Baus at the TU Dresden served as the location. The conference featured multiple best-practice project presentations from several artistic practice areas in addition to a keynote speech on Artistic Research and artist archives by Dr. Michael Hiltbrunner (ZHdK Zürich). This served as the framework for a series of workshops that covered a range of topics relevant to artistic research practice, including the utilization of collections and archives, perception-related challenges, the relationship to modern technologies, and language-specific research methods. The first day featured a panel discussion hosted by Prof. Dr. Constanze Peres with speakers whose research and artistic practices are located in Sachsen.
An international conference was live streamed on the second day at the HfBK Dresden. Following the opening of an exhibition that included a presentation on artistic research by the study course ArtTherapie and an in-depth review of the prior lectures and workshops by Florian Cramer (Rotterdam), the issue of how to allocate Artistic Research in the postgraduate sphere of higher education was brought up. Following these presentations, there were two further rounds of discussion in which participants were asked about the potential and difficulties that artistic-research activities face in both the institutional environment and the context of civil society.
The event’s more than 100 international attendees in person and online represented a huge chance to put Artistic Research in Dresden into the public view given that various aspects of this research practice are currently being carried out in Dresden. There was a great deal of positive feedback both during and after the conference because there was so much interest in it before it even began. The organizing team extends its gratitude to all participants for their diligent work and fruitful cooperation, which has resulted in a wealth of innovative viewpoints.