Intellectual Birdhouse: Artistic Practice as Research

Intellectual Birdhouse

April 20, 2012

Intellectual Birdhouse:
Artistic Practice as Research

Out now

Florian Dombois, Ute Meta Bauer, Claudia Mareis, Michael Schwab (eds.)

London: Koenig Books, 2012

Artistic practices are manifold and highly diverse. In recent years, a claim towards research has become meaningful to many practitioners of art. Intellectual Birdhouse gives room to a number of actors to unfold their attitudes towards this claim. In this book, ‘artistic research’ is assumed as being independent of ‘discipline’, with the potential to occur in all contexts once epistemological expectations have shifted. This approach foregrounds questions concerning the type of models, terms and concepts that elucidate the processes and outcomes of epistemic-artistic practices while recalling theoretical debates steeped in tradition. Artistic research often involves productive and reflective work on and with material, and is frequently paired with testing of forms of representation other than texts that engage in open negotiations with knowledge. For this reason, artistic research may take an unexpected or even controversial course.

As a consequence, most of the chapters discuss how borders need to be negotiated as part of the research process. This includes questions bearing on art and science, art and politics, art and history as well as art and philosophy. Many of the authors see themselves as artists, but one of the chief claims of this book is that a position is possible beyond the ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ labels. The chapters address this position and the difficulties negotiating it in the context of existing discourses and intellectual frameworks.

With contributions by: Gina Badger, Henk Borgdorff, Paul Carter, Bracha L. Ettinger, Sabine Flach, Renée Green, Penelope Haralambidou, Florian Hecker, Tom Holert, Sarat Maharaj, Sónia Matos, Jonathan Miles, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Raqs Media Collective, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Hannes Rickli, Michael Schwab, Henk Slager, Marcus Steinweg, Hito Steyerl, Jan Svenungsson, Alise Upitis, and Francisco Varela.

Florian Dombois is an artist and professor at Zurich University of the Arts.

Ute Meta Bauer is an associate professor and the founding director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (until January 2012) at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning..

Claudia Mareis is a designer and design researcher at eikones NCCR Iconic Criticism, University of Basel.

Michael Schwab is an artist and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Artistic Research (JAR).

Book launches:
Den Haag (NL): 1.3.2012, 18 h, Royal Academy of Art,
Zürich (CH): 23.4.2012, 19 h, Cabaret Voltaire,
Berlin (D): 7.5.2012, 19 h, Pro qm,

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Florian Dombois, Ute Meta Bauer, Claudia Mareis, Michael Schwab (eds.):
Intellectual Birdhouse. Artistic Practice as Research
London: Koenig Books, 2012 

English, 304 pages, 15 x 22 cm, ISBN: 978-3-86335-118-2