Research Essay

Should We Do It Differently?



The first twenty years of the 21st century have witnessed important changes in many fields, including art. New social phenomena were born, new theoretical attitudes were announced, and new forms of artistic practice appeared. However, the academic models of artistic research seem to remain conservatively unchanged. The “paradigm paralysis” of artistic research has revealed numerous limitations in examining, analyzing, interpreting and expressing new realities. The attachment of artistic research to other sciences has framed artistic research within rigid concepts and methods, while inhibiting the creativity of artist-researchers. Moreover, the division between art practice and artistic research has reduced the opportunities of their sublimation. Therefore the break of the arts’ ideological anchorage should be considered, artistic research encouraging creativity should be initiated, and directions of the research-based artistic practice should become a widely applied methodology. In order to contribute to these necessary changes, this article formulates a group of statements and proposes an example of a possible artistic strategy. Not surprisingly, the format of this publication is a significant example of reform as well.
  • Year: 2020
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 6
  • DOI: 10.5334/mjfar.70
  • Published on 26 Oct 2020
  • Peer Reviewed