ASCA Seminar Artistic Research: Spectrology and Hauntology - First session

31Oct2017 15:00 - 17:30


This academic year the ASCA Research Group on Artistic Research, coordinated by Paula Albuquerque, is organizing a series of five seminars. 31 October, 19 December, 20 February, 23 April, 25 June, from 15:00-17:30.

This group focuses on Artistic Research as a new approach to tackling research questions and it aims at promoting the exchange of ideas between artists and scholars from a wide range of fields and disciplines. As a discipline itself, Artistic Research develops a discursive form of communicating research results in parallel with a non-discursive, artistic practice. This enables researchers/makers coming from fine arts, design, dance, film, performance art, theatre and music to share and compare processes of production, methodologies and results with the scientific community, while working as practicing autonomous artists. It allows autonomous artists to delve deeper into scientific disciplines their work is already concerned with. Furthermore, Artistic Research contributes to existing scientific disciplines by its double character of discursive/non-discursive processes and outputs, while at the same time presenting work within the context of existing art institutions. The outcomes of artistic research actively contribute to bridging the gap between science and art, and strive to make its body of knowledge visible in a societal context. By bringing academia and the art world together, artistic forms of research change the social status of both and introduce a potential array of practice-oriented methodologies that challenge institutionalized forms of knowledge production.

We will be organizing a series of five seminars between October 2017 and June 2018 to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among artistic researchers and others interested in the field, and during which members of the group will present their research and receive feedback from their peers. One or two artistic researchers who have recently completed their PhD's will be invited to share their process with the participants of the seminars. The participants include PhD Candidates but also those who have already completed their PhD's but would like to keep discussing their artistic research within a community of like-minded artists/scholars. Those interested in maybe pursuing such an academic study are also welcome to join as well as Research Master students who wish to attain first-hand knowledge about the discipline.

The first guiding theme is "Spectrology and Hauntology" as the field of Artistic Research is constantly focusing on the complex relation between theory and practice and also engaged in discussions about the interdependence between form and content: dualities at the centre of most debates surrounding this emerging discipline. However, the theme is not prescriptive and the presentations are not required to have a direct connection to it.

The presentations can take the form the presenters find most suitable and productive: a film screening, a performance or a standard keynote or any other.

The meetings will place on Tuesday afternoons from 15:00 to 17:30 at the University of Amsterdam in the city centre (room to be announced) and end with a drink at Café De Jaren for those interested, so that participants get a chance to meet and engage in 101 discussions. As another possibility for an "after-Research Group" activity: Café Chercher takes place in some of these evenings and you could also go and take a look at short presentations of work-in-progress by artistic researchers at the Vox Pop. There is free soup and you can also have a drink with your fellow researchers and other artists.

Most sessions are still subject to confirmation and complete information will be timely sent to those interested in participating in the seminars (presenting is not mandatory). If you would like to attend our sessions, please contact the coordination of the research group at and If you're a Research Master student, please contact NICA directly at

The first session on 31 October 2017:

Emily Huurdeman & Florian Göttke

Image Operations: Resemblance and the Grotesque
Florian Göttke
PhD research "Burning Images"

I am currently in the last phase of my PhD reserach entitled: Burning Images: performing effigies as political protest. I will introduce my way of collecting images, reading images and writing with images as a research method. The work results in assemblages of a large numbers of images. These function as non-linear narratives that form part of my dissertation and interact closely with the discursive text. As an example I will present a part of the chapter Resemblance and the Grotesque of my dissertation.

Students at the all-female Lindenwood College burn the effigy of a male student for not being consulted on the change to a co-educational institution.

Essaying art, the essay as un-methodological method for artistic research
Emily Huurdeman
artist, researcher, educator.
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In the relatively new field of Artistic Research, science and art are integrated. But the methods used by the artstic researcher are highly debated. How can we combine scientific and artistic working methods? 

Science needs to articulate its sources, as well as its relevance and its context, and it must provide clear argumentation. Furthermore, it is strictly bound to academic and ethical rules. Art is not constraint by these methods and rules. The essay is aimed at combining the scientific and the artistic. It drifts between the artistic and the scientific, the experiential and the intellectual. The essay follows a train of thought, and critically reflects on those thoughts: it experiments and speculates. The investigation goes hand in hand with its form of presentation where the conceptual, the visual, and the æsthetic, have an essential role. What if artist uses the essay as an approach to making artistic works? The artistic researcher approaches the object(s) of investigation essayistically. The result can encompass multiple artistic mediums: literary-essay, video-essay, photo-essay, essayistic performance and more.In this article presentation I propose that an essayistic approach could be used as an un-methodological method ("methodically unmethodically” Adorno, 1958, p.161) in the field of Artistic Research. 

The essay has fascinated me from the first time I saw an essay-film and read Adorno's essay on the essay in my BA Fine Art Utrecht (NL). It influenced both my artistic and academic work. As an artist I mainly work with video performances and performative installations. During my research MA Artistic Research at The University of Amsterdam (NL) I researched the essay in relation to performance art. My current research at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam (NL) (MA Education in Arts) focuses on the possibility of the essay as basis for an un-methodological method in the educational field of artistic research. Besides participating in exhibitions and working as a teacher, I am the organizer and co-initiator of Café Chercher, an inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional platform for unfinished artistic research projects. For this monthly event I create short video essays (Clippings) reflecting on the themes of the evenings.


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