"The term 'research' is inextricably linked to European imperialism and colonialism. The word itself, 'research', is probably one of the dirtiest words in the indigenous world's vocabulary." (Linda Tuhiwai Smith)
I consider arts-based research to be an aesthetic practice, aiming at a reflection and negotiation of the boundaries of research. It experiments with alternatives to dichotomies such as theory/practice, science/art, art/politics, and subjectivity/objectivity, and challenges hierarchies and omissions in the field of knowledge. In the context of the PhD in Practice study program, it is important to develop and reactivate artistic forms and formats that provide means for such a challenging of boundaries. Accordingly, we are engaged in an archeology of past artistic research practices, developed in the dialogue with activism, sub- and pop culture. Moreover, we all share the belief that theories and methodologies recently developed in the contexts of feminist, queer, postcolonial and other political and emancipatory projects are central to arts-based research, which thus becomes a space for social, political, cultural and economic conflicts that experiments with future possibilities.
The Studio Art and Research hosts the doctoral study program PhD in Practice. Renate Lorenz, professor for art and research, is one of the supervisors of the program, in collaboration with Anette Baldauf, professor for methodology and epistemology, and Moira Hille.