Archiving Artistic Research

16 October
Arts Campus Library
Marion Carre Living Organism, 2021. Installation at the Library of the Ecole Nationale des Chartes, 3 dot matrix printers print on paper rolls AI generated archive texts. Photo Eleni Wittbrodt

UmArts supports practice based researchers in art, design, architecture, curating, sloyd and music to register their research outputs in Umeå University’s research publication database DiVA. Research outputs can include peer reviewed artistic research such as (peer reviewed) commissioned, exhibited or published creative projects. In Sweden the category ‘Artistic Research’ includes all of the arts, such as design, architecture, art, music etc.

UmArts is also an Institutional Portal Member of the Research Catalogue run by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR). You can use the Research Catalogue to archive creative forms of practice based research, and build websites of your projects. Being a Portal Member means that all UmArts researchers can access technical support from the RC team. Otherwise it is free to use.

Archiving your work is vital for providing open access to your research, preserving your projects for future generations, and to raise the profile of practice based research within academia. We have hundreds of fantastic research projects that need to be more visible to the wider research community.

Artists also make interventions into the complex relationship between truth and archives, such as Marion Carré‘s installation Living Organism at the École Nationale des Chartes in Paris (see photo above).


Mon 16 Oct 23 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Research Catalogue Webinar

The Society for Artistic Research (SAR) invites all individual members and representatives from our member organisations to a webinar on Zoom presenting a user introduction to the Research Catalogue (RC) on
Monday October 16th at 15:00 CEST.

The RC is provided by SAR, and functions as a platform for the dissemination of peer-reviewed content and publications, for student’s presentation of work and the assessment of such work – as well as of self-published research outcomes.

The RC enables students, artists, and researchers to deviate from the standard format of academic presentations, journal articles and/or research repositories:

  • Because images and sounds are not subordinate to, but fundamentally on a par with the text;
  • Because of the opportunity provided to break out of the linear narrative structure;
  • Because it facilities the option for a continuous (and collaborative) research activity from notation/documenting research processes and initial outcomes to fully elaborated publications.

The RC offers an online platform in which sound, images, video, and text can be combined in an integrated format for presentation, and in which the visual disposition and the focus on different media formats can be decided by the author’s own decision.

Use of the RC is free of charge for all individual users.

In this webinar, the RC Team – by Casper Schipper and Tero Heikkinen – will offer a basic introduction to the use of this platform and demonstrate hands-on some of its potential for documenting research processes and outcomes.

There will be the option to raise questions to the presenters during the event.

Tue 10 Oct 23 3:30 am – 5:00 pm

Artistic Research Data with SND

All researchers in art, architecture, design, sloyd and music are invited to join this roundtable discussion on research data in artistic research organised with Svensk Nationell Datatjänst (SND) and Umeå University Library.

SND has been actively exploring research data in artistic research, engaging with researchers and administrative staff at institutions such as the Royal College of Music, the Royal Institute of Art, and Stockholm University of the Arts. SND are also planning to participate in workshops on research data at the Department of Textile and Fashion at the University of Borås. Their efforts aim to create essential resources for artistic researchers and doctoral students.

Through these conversations, SND have connected with researchers from various fields within artistic research – visual arts, performing arts, fine arts, design, music, architecture, crafts – and have witnessed the diverse range of expressions when it comes to research data. The aim is to develop foundational informational materials to assist artistic researchers and doctoral students in managing research data within artistic research.

Join us on Tuesday, 10th October, from 13:00 to 16:00, at the Art Campus library. Share your insights and thoughts on research data in artistic research. Coffee and cake will be provided. We look forward to a stimulating discussion!