MaHKUzine #9, Summer 2010The possibilities for publishing, showing, distributing, and promoting are currently expanding at a swift pace. Blogs, Second Life, Facebook, fashion design as social event, government campaigns as television drama, and biennials exploding into a host of manifestations and openings. That wave of dissemination also affects artistic research and its issues and debates. How is the outcome of artistic research propagated in a liquid, open system? What is the most effective way to communicate a work of art? How do best practices circulate while contributing to the discussion on the specificity of the artistic research practice? And what is the role of the art academy and its research environment in the process of dissemination?
DARE (Dutch Artistic Research Event)#5 engaged in Doing Dissemination. In contrast to former DARE editions where traditionally a symposium took place as part of the presentation and introduction week in September, in 2010 the symposium was held in April where it operated as propaganda machine spitting out topics, issues, and many examples of visual activities. Clearly, the Doing Dissemination symposium functioned as a source of inspiration for all MaHKU students - and MaHKU staff as well - which could be noticed in the 2010 MaHKU graduation exhibitions (maHKU-platform) in Utrecht in Academiegalerie, Aorta, Expodium and SWK from 1 through 12 September.
For the DARE #5 symposium, MaHKU tested a specific form of symposium-as-activity. No more one-way-traffic with an active speaker on stage addressing a passive, awaiting audience. Doing Dissemination implied a pure Platonic interpretation of the concept of symposium: guests, students, and staff involved in interactive table conversations with circulating speakers and moderators while indulging in the fabulous courses students not only cooked but also served - with the help of some staff. The symposium activity was started by keynote speaker Nicolas Bourriaud. Other speakers included Jurgen Bey, Geert Lovink, BikvanderPol, and Remco Scha who all spoke and presented work in the interval between courses.
In Artistic Delay, Nicolas Bourriaud claims that our world without people as active actors affects the current dissemination of the field of culture. The irresponsible subject forced away in many ways from the political arena makes that the theme of distance between activity and passivity has to be reexamined. In Doing Research in the Age of Digital Clouds, Annette Balkema involves figures such as the vocalist, the cook, and the butterfly in doing research at art academies. The figures connect with rhizomatic thought and dissemination steering research-based projects away from digital superhighways while morphing them into topical cloud cultures.
The Graduate School as research environment was the theme of the conference The Academy Strikes Back in Brussels on June 4-5 MaHKU organized in collaboration with Sint-Lukas Academy. The Academy Strikes Back was the concluding manifestation of a triptych including A Certain Ma-ness (Amsterdam 2008, see MaHKUzine #6) and Becoming Bologna (Venice 2009, see MaHKUzine #8). During the Brussels conference, Renee Green discussed the best-practice Spheres of Interest: Experiments in Thinking and Acting, a graduate seminar at SFAI (San Francisco Art Institute) relating artistic research to the notion of formations. In the context of dissemination of research results, Dieter Lesage pleads for the emancipation of artistic research while questioning the function of the written supplement as a contextualization of the work of art. Lesage claims that the research results should speak for themselves. In Practicing Research: Singularising Knowledge, Irit Rogoff critically interrogates the academy as location for the dissemination of an artistic knowledge production particularly in the light of protocols of current cognitive capitalism.
An immanent investigation into the conditions of presenting artistic research was realized by the professorship artistic research in the form of the exhibition Critique of Archival Reason in February in the Dublin Royal Hibernian Academy as part of the EARN (European Artistic Research Network) conference Arts Research, Publics and Purposes. Two Utrecht PhD students, Jeremiah Day and Irene Kopelman, participated in the project. Tim Stott critically reviews the event in the form of a research report.
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MaHKUzine, Journal of Artistic Research
Henk Slager/General Editor
Annette W. Balkema
Final Editing Annette W. Balkema
Translations Global Vernunft
Design Kate Snow, MaHKU, MA Editorial Design
MaHKU is part of the European Artistic Research Network, together with the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Malmo Art Academy, GradCam (Dublin), Slade School of Fine Art (London), Sint-Lukas Academy (Brussels) and the Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna).