Lecture by Peter Sonderen (Professor Theory in Art) – The third way in artistic research. Why Leonardo was no artistic researcher. At ArtEZ University of the Arts’ Art Research Conference on 18 November 2016 in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
How artistic research came to the fore in art education and how it was connected to the general urge in modern arts to create, and to explore the world. The introduction of artistic research into art education is primarily an institutional matter. This might possibly lead to new forms of academization or to a new academism. There should be a way out. Let’s take the third way.
Peter Sonderen is a professor of ‘Theory in the Arts’ at ArtEZ. This professorship carries out research into the role of theory in education in visual arts and design, music, theatre, dance and architecture. The professorship was established because of the need to give more attention to the relationship between theory and practice. The aim is to build bridges between the two domains by starting from the concept of ‘theory of the creator’. Sonderen taught art history at the University of Amsterdam as well as being the programme coordinator of courses in Academic Skills. From 2003 to 2008, he was director of the AKI, the ArtEZ Academy of visual arts in Enschede. Since 2004, he has been chair of the International Association of Independent Art and Design Schools (AIAS).