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11th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research.




The 11th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research, SAR 2020, investigates and discusses the relation between Artistic Research, various notions of collective reality and alternative imaginations. Reality, as we currently know it, is marked by a series of inter-connected crises, and as part of larger collective structures, artistic researchers are confronted by and immersed in these. The urgency of these crises forces the agency and relevance of Artistic Research into question. By debating modes of research, dissemination and communication employed by Artistic Research as well as its academic contextualization, the SAR 2020 conference aims at negotiating and analysing the problems we face. The questions relates to the autonomy of the individual artist-researcher, the systemic institutionalization of Artistic Research and the current more collective state of emergencies that we face. What are the modes of trial/experimentation, creation, reflection, and communication in this Crisis Collective like? Can Artistic Research - through artistic actions - generate alternative modes of knowledge, art, and reality?


The Four Strands




How might we visualise and comprehend the change that is currently and urgently happening to the globe, and how can we create sensual experience of the Crisis Collective through Artistic Research? Representation of facts / narrating the unknown / creating a new paradigm are topics that may emerge within this strand in response to the situation of emergency. How might the necessary transformation to a sustainable society take shape? Can the transition be understood as re-construction or a qualitative leap forward? Is social justice and global equality a possible solution to crisis and what models of thinking are required? As we face extinction and sadness Artistic Research may contribute to the discussion through a critical framework for the inevitable; various endings? or a sober design of the post-apocalypse? Any proposal - large scale or micro - is needed. Urgently!

Are you ready?


The Great Conversation


The transition caused by climate change, involves a repositioning of the relationship between humans and other living beings as part of the natural world. This transition has philosophical implications and opens up for new modes of thinking and being to be explored. The sciences are confronted with an ecological fragility, that forces a change of worldview. In the intersection between practical regimes and a new ethics of climate developments, Artistic Research might be exactly the place to explore a new understanding of ‘the return to Earth' (B.Latour). With the aim of enabling a fragile, yet passionate conversation we call for proposals to open up these new realms of ‘being in the world'.


Hammer and Mirror? The language of artistic research


Artistic research shares its metaphorical language with the language of capitalism, sports, and warfare. Resource. Production. Method. Gain. Challenge. Opposition. Defence. This vocabulary creates a formal context and an imminent agency that might influence the specific Artistic Research undertakings and their potential to intervene into the larger collectives of reflection and discourse. In this strand we encourage proposals/presentations that engages in critical reflection on the roles, formats and objectives of Artistic Research. As projects, performative situations or by discursive reflection. Questions might concern: How to perceive, shape and how to convey meaning through experiment? From which viewpoint and from what location? What, how & for whom? Presentations may address who they are aimed at and applicable too?


Various rehearsals


This strand offers the opportunity for a testing ground for experimentation and unfinished work. Artistic Research is exactly that – an artistic exploration, a process, and a rehearsal without closure. The shape of things to come. In this section we open up a platform for research rehearsals; this is not about presentations or powerpoints, but an open laboratory for ongoing Artistic Research rehearsals. A place to take risk. We call for practitioners willing to share their process for an audience, for participants or for other kinds of public interface. These explorations might be exactly to the point or they might function as a vent to let fresh air in. Let it blossom, let it bleed.


The SAR 2020 conference calls for proposals to constitute the Crisis Collective in four different strands. Each conference proposal/presentation adds into the shared vision of troubles and possible paths active now and in the future and generates a response by Artistic Research to the current crises.


The four strands are:


  • Emergency
  • The Great Conversation
  • Hammer and Mirror? The language of Artistic Research
  • Various Rehearsals




Crisis Collective, the 11th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research, is organized around three types of session formats for input and discussion:


90 minutes format, including discussion

30 minutes format, including discussion

Video presentation + online discussion (total 30 minutes)


The Program Comittee will combine the accepted proposals in different thematic blocks, each led by a moderator. A keynote presentation will be delivered for each of the four strands.


In the video/online-format the presenter might participate from the distance, but have to be present via the online-interface created by the conference-organisers.


Proposals have to adress one of the 4 strands and should include the preferred session format and a list of technical requirements.


Proposals should be submitted preferably through the Research Catalogue. More details about this will be published here as soon as possible. You can also submit by email to sar2020@uib.no.


The call for submission deadline: October 15, 2019




The 11th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research 2020 is organized by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR) and the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at University of Bergen (KMD, UiB). It takes place in Bergen, Norway, 25 – 28 March 2020. More information about the conference will be available on a dedicated website that will be launched as soon as possible after summer.


For more information contact: sar2020@uib.no