Lecture: Jeroen van den Eijnde

Inaugural speech by Jeroen van den Eijnde, professor of Product & Interior Design at ArtEZ University of the Arts. 19 November 2016, at Art Research Conference, ArtEZ Arnhem.

According to Van den Eijnde, creativity and speculative thinking are the most important forces in art education. Academic research mainly reflects on existing phenomena. In contrast, designers carry out research into what is possible and desirable in the future. It is precisely the combination of reflective and speculative research that opens up new space for product designers and interior designers.

Lecture: Peter Sonderen – The third way in artistic research. Why Leonardo was no artistic researcher.

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).

Lecture: Nishant Shah – Infrastructures of living

Lecture by Nishant Shah (Dean ArtEZ Graduate School) – Infrastructures of living. At ArtEZ University of the Arts’ Art Research Conference on 18 November 2016 in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

Any talk of infrastructure invariably boils down to resources, money, value, and materiality. Shaped by the vicious logics of ecology management and the predatory ambitions of neo-liberal capital, infrastructure often gets fetishized.
In relation to practice and activities in arts and humanities, infrastructure is seen as relevant or important only as measured through action and activity. This talk draws from a six-day production sprint with activists, artists, and designers – change makers – in Asia, to talk about the infrastructure of living rather than the infrastructure of doing. Drawing from specific examples of ICT4D, the talk hopes to show how the pre-wired response to infrastructure needs to be both re-wired and revaluated in our focus on inclusive and sustainable forms of artistic research and practice.
Nishant Shah (1980) was recently appointed Dean of Research at ArtEZ University of the Arts. In this new position, Shah will be responsible for further expanding research and education at Master’s level
which have been brought together under the umbrella of the new Graduate School. Over the coming years, ArtEZ plans to expand beyond the current number of four professorships with personal research domains. Nishant Shah will focus on the integration of art knowledge, while maintaining the distinctive nature of the existing curricula. He also works as a professor at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media at Leuphana University in Lüneburg. Nishant Shah is the co-founder and a board member of the Centre for Internet & Society in Bangalore, India. Shah conducts work on the cutting edge of technology, identity and social and political movements. He is focused on the question of how we can remain human in a technological environment. Nishant Shah has numerous publications to his name.

Lecture: José Teunissen – Design Research

Lecture by José Teunissen (Professor Fashion Theory, University of the Arts London) – Design Research. At ArtEZ University of the Arts’ Art Research Conference on 18 November 2016 in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

José Teunissen was one of the first professors of design to do research into the importance of theory for fashion design. Over the years, her research at the professorship in Fashion Design at ArtEZ evolved from an academic approach providing the foundation for fashion design to a type of design-based research. Teunissen had a hand in the wider acceptance of Research Through Design by the designing disciplines such as fashion, design and architecture. In 2015, she initiated the Centre of Expertise Future Makers at ArtEZ for design-based research into fashion, textiles and interior. In this centre, designers collaborate with businesses, educational institutions and research institutes on research into socially relevant issues. Partly due to the top sector policy for the creative industry, it seems that the Netherlands now takes a leading position in extensive, interdisciplinary design research. Drawing on her many years of experience in research at ArtEZ and in her new role as Dean of the School of Design and Technology at the London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London), Teunissen will comment on the emancipation of design research and its current importance.
Since 1 Januari 2016, José Teunissen has been Dean of the School of Design and Technology of the London College of Fashion. She is also a professor in Fashion Theory at the University of Arts in London. Between 2002 and 2016, Teunissen was one of the first professors in the Netherlands to work at ArtEZ as a professor of Fashion Design. Drawing on topical themes in fashion, she developed various research projects, publications and exhibitions, earning herself an international reputation.

Lecture: Jeroen Lutters – Contemporary Arts Education: Art as a different way of thinking

Lecture by Jeroen Lutters (Professor Education in Arts and Culture) – Contemporary Arts Education: Art as a different way of thinking. At ArtEZ University of the Arts’ Art Research Conference on 18 November 2016 in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

Art is a creative form of research that deals with other dimensions than science and social science , so it could be called creative science. Teaching students this way of doing research requires a different approach; it requires a way of thinking characterized by conjectures (abduction), chance (aleatory), relations (association) and similarities (analogy). In this lecture, we will discuss subjects for further study, which can serve as a source of inspiration for students and lecturers and fellow researchers.
Jeroen Lutters is professor of Education in Arts and Culture at ArtEZ University of the Arts. He is the author of several books including In de schaduw van het kunstwerk: studies in Art Based Learning, a teaching method based on the idea of not learning about art, but learning from art, by regarding art
as a form of thinking. He also helped initiate the new, full-time ArtEZ degree programme named Master’s Artist-Educator.The professorship focuses on three topics of research: revaluing the position of research and education in art and culture, developing contemporary tools for art and culture education and research, and increasing the impact in society of art and culture education and research. In addition to his professorship at ArtEZ, Lutters is an Honorary Professor at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences , where he is committed to enhancing the position of the Arts and the Humanities.

Lecture: Henk Oosterling – Threefold embodiment; Researching performative ‘reflaction’

Lecture by Henk Oosterling (philosopher) – Threefold embodiment: Researching performative ‘reflaction’. At ArtEZ University of the Arts’ Art Research Conference on 18 November 2016 in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

The artist’s body is present in all art disciplines. In the visual arts, in design and in architecture the artist’s body is indirectly involved. In the performing arts, however, especially in dance and theatre, and to a certain extent in music too, the artists’ bodies are structural aspects of performative interactions. The dancer and actor mold their bodies into skilled mediums. Yet, the presence of this body is not self-evident. It is part of a transformative process in which reflection and action crossbreed. Reflactive skills transform both the artist’s body and his mind, but they also transform the audience’s reflections. In order to adequately research these performative interactions,
a lectorate has to focus beyond three opposite formats: practice/theory, skills/knowledge and body/mind. Theory is not the opposite of practice, both are aspects of a cyclical feedback loop that connects skill with knowledge, creating a body of knowledge and skills. This ‘embodiment’ is articulated differently in dance and in theatre, as it is in education, where ‘empowerment’ is added to an artistic impulse. Valorization of research should take into account this cyclical unfolding of knowledge that is embodied in educational, artistic and scientific research.
Henk Oosterling is a philosopher and a strategic advisor. He studied philosophy, linguistics and Japanese in Leiden and Rotterdam. He studied and taught, and has written on martial arts. Since 1985, Oosterling has been teaching at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is the Secretary of the Dutch-Flemish Union for Intercultural Philosophy, coordinator of the Centre for Philosophy and Arts and chairman of the Dutch Aesthetics Federation. He is the initiator of several cultural and social projects, including Rotterdam Skill City. In 2008, he received the Laurenspenning, an honorary medal, from the city of Rotterdam.
Oosterling has published philosophical and non-philosophical books.