PLEASE SPECIFY! Sharing Artistic Research Across Disciplines

The 8th International Conference on Artistic Research in Helsinki Please Specify! will be held on 28 & 29 April, 2017 at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Finland. The conference explores new perspectives on conditions of sharing research in the artistic field. How can specific interests, methods, discourses, positions and ways of knowing be more widely disseminated and made useful within and beyond artistic research?

Call for contributions
Artistic research is maturing. The period of inauguration characterized by multi-faceted discussions concerning institutional and disciplinary questions has, in many contexts, reached a saturation point. Diverse perspectives have emerged. Artistic research consists of a variety of approaches and solutions and often functions as a multi- and transdisciplinary venture. As a developing multi-methodological research culture artistic research enriches methodological innovation and cross-over projects.

Furthermore, research activities are structured with regard to some kind of specificity. A group of researchers might come together to work on a distinct object of study, through a specific question, with a certain methodology, and in a particular context. Depending on circumstances, specificity thus can appear as a socio-cultural parameter, a disciplinary variable or it can become a question of the medium of research. 

The traditional frameworks for sharing research have been built on ideas about the research object, method, context or medium. We ask if the conditions of sharing research can be thematised in other terms? What if these conditions relate to provocation, excess, limited resources, reduction, mise en abyme, absurd argumentation, populism, conspiracy, amateurism and the like? How do these or other invented specificities inform your take on artistic research? How can these issues be shared?

The Please Specify! conference offers an opportunity for presenting and reflecting upon specific research constellations in which artist-researchers engage. How can such specificities be shared, presented and disseminated both in and out of academia? We invite proposals for presentations and workshops that examine the questions of specificity and sharing. We especially encourage the participation of postdoctoral researchers.

Proposals can be made for the following presentation formats:

1) Performative Presentations
Play? Move? Express? Float? Fly? Please specify!
There are two possible timings for performative presentations:
15 minutes presentation + 15 minutes discussion = 30 minutes
30 minutes presentation + 30 minutes discussion = 60 minutes
Please note your preferred timing in your proposal.

2) Text-based Working Groups
Idea? Sketch? Investigation? Please specify!
The texts can range in form and length from a poem to an article of maximum 8,000 words. The texts will be circulated among working group participants before the conference and the authors will make a short presentation about the text in the working group session.
Timing: 10 minutes presentation + 20 minutes discussion / text

3) Interventions
How? Where? When? What? Please specify!
Interventions do not need a formal context and can take place anywhere and anytime in the conference.

4) Collaborative Sessions
Workshop? Discussion? Other? Please specify!
The session can range in length from 1 to 3 hours.

The language of the conference is English.

Deadline for submissions is 3 January 2017.

The selection of proposals will be completed by 30 January 2017.

Complete call: