AR – Artistic Research

The art schools educate the professional artists of the future – filmmakers, musicians, composers, visual artists, performing artists and more. But the schools are not just educational institutions, they are also knowledge-producing and art-producing cultural institutions, which develop themselves professionally and enrich our culture in a broader sense.

At the art schools, knowledge production – i.e. research – takes place as an Artistic Development (Kunstnerisk udvikling – KUV). It unfolds as the the schools’ teachers themselves conducting artistically creative activities and reflecting on and documenting the projects, so that the knowledge base for the educations is continuously developed and increased.

The special research concept KUV is used in all the higher artistic educations in Denmark. ‘Artistic research’ is the term used in an international context, and it focuses in short on art practice as a knowledge-producing act.

Ass such, Artistic Research (AR) is the base for knowledge and recognition that characterizes higher education within the artistic field and which complements academic research and knowledge from artistic practice.

Through Artistic Research activities, the artistic/educational staff in the art schools conduct experimental exploration of artistic practice and explore artistic issues and methods.

Practice-based research within the arts has in recent years been a field in rich development both internationally and nationally. In Denmark, this practice has been known as ‘Kunstnerisk Udviklingsvirksomhed’, and since 2013 the field has given employees at the art schools under the Ministry of Culture the opportunity to investigate, explore and experiment within their art and across disciplines.

In 2019, the art schools jointly founded the Center for Artistic Knowledge and Development. You can see the center’s website here.

The National Film School

KUV is an important part of the knowledge base in the Film School’s educations and an important foundation for methodology, pedagogical development, artistic practice and further development of competencies and skills within the school’s subject areas.

With KUV projects, the Film School’s teachers can experiment, immerse themselves in academic details, challenge the current, cross-subject boundaries, explore new methods and explore their own artistic practice.

Read more here.

The Danish National School of Performing Arts

Through Artistic Research activities, the school’s artistic/educational staff conduct experimental exploration of artistic practice and explore artistic issues and methods.

Artistic Research is an integral part of The Danish National School of Performing Arts (DASPA) and gathers the school’s various efforts into research and development, traversing the disciplines within performing arts, as well as across the different national departments.

The artefacts, knowledge and methods produced play an important role in the art and cultural life – international, national and local and are shared with experts in the field of performing arts both in the profession and in the academia. 

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The Royal Academy of Music

At RAMA, Artistic Research (KUV) takes place in the form of, for example, composition of new music, rehearsal and recording of rare works, development of new styles and concert forms, etc.

In contrast to artistic practice, artistic research must have an exploratory character, be original and innovative, and be accompanied by a reflection on result and process.

DJM’s strategic goal for KUV is to qualify, further develop and make the activities visible and is in line with the definitions and recommendations described in the Ministry of Culture’s Report on Artistic Development Activities.

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The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Artistic research is a key part of the knowledge base of the institution’s degree programme, forming a significant foundation for methodologies, pedagogy, artistic practices and the further development of skills and competencies within the various artistic fields.

Professors and associate professors at the Schools of Visual Arts have an obligation to engage in artistic research at their relevant schools and through their own artistic practice. Special collaborative projects concerning artistic research will cut across individual schools. 

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The Royal Danish Academy of Music

The development and research activities at RDAM are divided into three categories: Artistic development (KUV), pedagogical development (PUV) and other research and development activities (AUV).

Common to the development and research in all three categories is that they are all centred on the artistic practice, whether it is artistic or pedagogical strategies and methods or other forms of development of the artistic field of practice.

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Rhytmic Music Conservatory

Rhythmic Music Conservatory conducts scientific research, artistic research and educational research (collectively abbreviated FoU in Danish) in contemporary rhythmic music.

Conservatory teachers and researchers regularly conduct FoU-projects to contribute to the development of music culture nationally and internationally.

FoU at Rhythmic Music Conservatory must develop our understanding of contemporary rhythmic music at several levels and must have significance for the fields of knowledge and practice in the individual projects, for the quality of the conservatory’s educations, as well as for the surrounding community.

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Danish National Academy of Music

As part of the ongoing effort to strengthen and further develop the institution’s knowledge base, the Danish National Academy of Music conducts both artistic development (KUV in Danish) and educational development (PUV in Danish).

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International Center for Knowledge in the Arts

The center is a place where the common interests of the disciplines of fine arts, film, music and performing arts come together and where current issues relating to artistic research and transdisciplinary knowledge creation are put up for debate.

In the meeting between forms of knowledge from the art schools, the center seeks to develop a transversal environment in which groundbreaking artistic knowledge can emerge. The center’s goals are therefore to find a common language for artistic development and research across art forms and traditions, as well as to contribute to its critical contextualisation, impact and visibility.

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KUV Archive

The KUV archive contains short descriptions of all the Artistic Research projects that have received support from the Ministry of Culture.

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The Research Catalogue (RC) is a non-commercial, collaboration and publishing platform for artistic research provided by the Society of Artistic Research. The RC is free to use for artists and researchers. It serves also as a backbone for teaching purposes, student assessment, peer review workflows and research funding administration. It strives to be an open space for experimentation and exchange.

Go to the website here.

Steering group for KUV (artistic research)
  • The Royal Academy of Fine Arts: Karen Harsbo (head of group)
  • Rhythmic Music Conservatory: Søren Kjærgaard
  • The National Film School: Martin Ziir
  • The Danish National School of Performing Arts: Rasmus Ôlme
  • The Royal Academy of Music: Bjørn Petersen
  • The Royal Danish Academy of Music: Eva Hess-Thaysen
  • The Danish National Academy of Music: Kasper Hafstrøm Bøg
  • International Center for Knowledge in the Arts: Kristoffer Gansing

International Center for Knowledge in the Arts