Practice-based Research

Course Description: 

The course acquaints students with the principles of artistic research and is designed to expand on participants’ study by way of producing knowledge via visuality.

If artistic research is – whether in its silent or verbal, declarative or procedural, implicit or explicit form – is sensual and physical, “embodied knowledge”, then the knowledge that artistic research strives for, is a felt knowledge. (Klein, 2011)

The course thus aims to expand on this notion and finds modes of expressions that are ‘felt’ knowledge and complementary to the written components of students’ academic research.

We will explore the different concerns of various artists, and consider their particular relationships to performance, sound, surveillance, social practice, and the politics of aesthetics.

The practice component of the course is designed to understand, analyze, and confront in practice various aspects of art’s relation to social research. To this end, the course employs various modes encompassing blogs, photography projects, filmmaking as well as visual presentations of the research projects at hand.

Each week is formed of a two hours lecture followed by a two hours studio session.

Learning Outcomes: 

- An introductory understanding of the basics of visuality and their usage for different purposes varying from arts to academic presentations.
- Acquisition of visual thinking, observation and research skills through a refined visual vocabulary.
- Develop and create a visual project as an expansion of one’s research project with newly acquired visual knowledge.


- Attendance + participation (15)
- Midterm submission: Project outline + draft (20)
- Workshops in total (25).
- Final project: a blog, a visual presentation of the research project, a photography selection, a diary, or any visual project with the approval of the instructor (40)