Society for Artistic Research (SAR)

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The Society for Artistic Research (SAR)[1][2] is an international nonprofit, artistic and scientific society devoted to developing, linking and disseminating internationally Artistic Research as a specific practice of producing knowledge. SAR also aims to facilitate co-operation and communication among those interested in the study and in practices of Artistic Research.


SAR was founded in 2010 in Bern, Switzerland (as an initiative of the two artists Florian Dombois and Michael Schwab together with Henk Borgdorff) by about 80 artists, researchers and academics from around the globe. It is the only international society for Artistic Research in the world. It has an international membership drawn from both academic and non-academic institutions and individuals.


  • to promote the practices of Artistic Research done in and outside of academic institutions
  • to facilitate co-operation and communication among those interested in Artistic Research
  • to hold, or to participate in the holding of, conferences and meetings for the communication of artistic based knowledge, and to publicise and disseminate by other means knowledge and views concerning Artistic Research practices and results


  • The society publishes the triannual Journal for Artistic Research (JAR),[3][4][5] an international, online, open access and peer-reviewed journal for the identification, publication and dissemination of artistic research and its methodologies, from all arts disciplines
  • The society publishes the Research Catalogue (RC),[6][7][8] a searchable, documentary database of artistic research, to which anyone can contribute
  • The society awards the Annual Prize for Excellent Research Catalogue Exposition for innovative, experimental new formats of publications
  • The society hosts an annual convention consisting of a symposium covering various specialist topics, loosely organised around a theme

Current Executive Board[edit]

  • Henk Borgdorff, President (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • Johan A. Haarberg, Vice-President (Bergen, Norway)
  • Giaco Schiesser, Vice-President (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Alexander Damianisch (Vienna, Austria)
  • Leena Rouhiainen (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Gabriele Schmid (Ottersberg, Germany)
  • Geir Strøm (Bergen, Norway)

Board 2015-2017: Henk Borgdorff, President (Leiden / The Hague, Netherlands), Johan A. Haarberg, Vice-President (Bergen, Norway) / Giaco Schieser, Vice-President (Zurich, Switzerland) / Alexander Damianisch (Wien, Österreich) / Anya Lewin (Plymouth, UK) / Leena Rouhiainen, Helsinki, Finland) / Gabriele Schmid (Ottersberg, Germany)

Board 2013-2015: Gerhard Eckel, President (Graz, Austria) / Johan A. Haarberg, Vice-President (Bergen, Norway) / Rolf Hughes, Vice-President (Stockholm, Sweden) / Alexander Damianisch (Wien, Österreich) / Julie Harboe (Lucerne, Switzerland) / Efva Lilja (Stockholm, Sweden) / Giaco Schiesser (Zurich, Switzerland)

Board 2011-2013: Anna Lindal, President (Gothenburg, Sweden) / Florian Dombois, Vice-President (Bern, Switzerland) / Rolf Hughes, Vice-President (Stockholm, Sweden) / Barbara Bolt (Melbourne, Australia) / Gerhard Eckel (Graz, Austria) / Kim Gorus (Antwerp, Belgium) / Johan A. Haarberg (Bergen, Norway)

Board 2010-2011: Florian Dombois, President (Bern, Switzerland) / Anna Lindal, Vice-President (Gothenburg, Sweden) / Darla Crispin, Vice-President (Ghent, Belgium) / Jan Kaila (Helsinki, Finland) / Sofie van Loo (Antwerp, Belgium) / George Petelin (Brisbane, Australia) / Stephen Scrivener (London, Great Britain)


  1. ^ Wilson, Nick and van Ruiten, Schelte / ELIA, eds. (2013), SHARE Handbook for Artistic Research Education (Chapter 8), Amsterdam: Valand Academy, pp. 248.
  2. ^ ELIA-Share-Network bibliography (accessed Apr 19, 2013)
  3. ^ Schiesser, Giaco (2015), What is at stake – Qu’est ce que l’enjeu? Paradoxes – Problematics – Perspectives in Artistic Research Today, in: Arts, Research, Innovation and Society. Eds. Gerald Bast, Elias G. Carayannis [= ARIS, Vol. 1]. Wien/New York: Springer 2015, p. 207.
  4. ^ Swiss Science and Technology Research Council (2011), Research Funding in the Arts [accessed Feb 3, 2014]
  5. ^ Borgdorff, Henk (2012), The Conflict of the Faculties. Perspectives on Artistic Research and Academia (Chapter 11: The Case of the Journal for Artistic Research), Leiden: Leiden University Press.
  6. ^ Schwab, Michael, and Borgdorff, Henk, eds. (2014), The Exposition of Artistic Research: Publishing Art in Academia, Leiden: Leiden University Press.
  7. ^ Wilson, Nick and van Ruiten, Schelte / ELIA, eds. (2013), SHARE Handbook for Artistic Research Education, Amsterdam: Valand Academy, p. 249.
  8. ^ Hughes, Rolf: "Leap into Another Kind: International Developments in Artistic Research," in Swedish Research Council, ed. (2013), Artistic Research Then and Now: 2004–2013, Yearbook of AR&D 2013, Stockholm: Swedish Research Council.

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