Exploring the Gap: The Difference Between Artistic and Academic Practice as Productive Zone Prof. Jeroen Boomgaard â€“ Jeroen Rietveld Academie, University of Amsterdam
In the Netherlands the discussion about PhDâ€™s in artistic research takes place in the context of the separation between the Research Universities and the Universities of Applied Science. Working in both institutions (University of Amsterdam and Gerrit Rietveld Acadetmy), I am in the middle of this discussion and I find myself confronted time and again with questions about ways to bridge the gap between academia and art, the necessity for artists to write a dissertation etc, etc. In this presentation I will explore the specific character of artistic research, discuss its historical background, research methods and the knowledge it produces. Main questions are: what is the quality of artistic research and how do we assess/guarantee that? What is the relation to existing academic research? And what are the results we can or hope to expect? I will conclude with laying out the plans for a separate research trajectory for the arts that would lead to a new title.