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Research through artistic practice

Research at Valand Academy is primarily practice-based and practice-led. This research is grounded in the academy’s four fields of practice / four subjects – literary composition, film, photography and fine art. The research proceeding from these four subjects is oriented by different traditions; by the diversity of contemporary praxis; by competing theoretical and critical models operative in these fields; and by the many different networks and communities of practice that constitute these fields of practice.

Research collaboration

We have adopted collaboration as our guiding operational principle with respect to sustaining research. This principle is framed in response to three aspects of our work:

  • our special research mission in terms of pursuing advanced research through artistic practices;
  • the unique potential of a small organisational base; and
  • the transversal and expansive nature of research in the different artistic practices.

Collaboration is the overarching principle employed to ensure the relevance, originality and influence of our research. This collaboration is broadly understood as co-working with other disciplines, other institutions, other researchers and other publics beyond those already active within the academy’s existing programmes. For this reason the overarching platform for all our research activities is called the “Valand Artistic Research Collaboration (V.ARC).”

Research strands and cross-connections

Our research portfolio has been shaped by this collaborative ethos from which several strong research streams have emerged. These include:

  • queer practices– includes work on queer politics and culture;
  • artistic practices and political imaginaries – includes work on artist-led culture, curating, the curatorial, public-ness, forms of activism, critical intervention and archival practice;
  • experimental poetics – includes work on poetics, narrativity, ekphrasis, rhetorical and dialogical practices; and
  • art and the environment – includes, environmental photography and art and ecology, and the interface of artistic practices and other modes of practice in work on representation and documentation of climate change and environmental issues.

There are cross-connecting questions that are threaded across our research strands. These include:

  • What is the specificity of artistic educational and research praxis?
  • What are the political potentials and demands within contemporary artistic educational and research praxis?
  • What are the requirements of critical artistic educational and research praxis within profoundly segregated and inequitable societies?

Research representatives

Film: Professor Jyoti Mistry
Photography: Professor Tyrone Martinsson
Fine Arts: Senoir Lecturer Daniel Jewesbury
Literary composition, Poetry and Prose: Senior Lecturer Elisabeth Hjorth


Troels Degn Johansson, Head of Department, Viceprefect for Research
Box 132, 405 30 Göteborg
Visiting address:
Vasagatan 50

Page Manager: Anna Frisk |Last update: 10/11/2019

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