Foundation of SAR 2010 in Bern (CH) with an installation by Manuel Burgener, comissioned by Florian Dombois. Photo: Florian Dombois, 2010
Foundation of SAR 2010 in Bern (CH) with an installation by Manuel Burgener, commissioned by Florian Dombois. Photo: Florian Dombois, 2010


SAR expresses its solidarity with artists and researchers who as a consequence of war now have to fear for their own lives, and of those of their families and friends. We want to express our compassion with all those innocent civilians who are suffering. We are horrified about the ruthlessness with which civilian targets are attacked in the Ukraine, and we appeal for an immediate end to aggression, bloodshed and destruction and a return to human values in sight of the global future of the planet.

Like our partner associations AEC and ELIA, we state that the artistic research community is a global community where peaceful collaborations between people of all backgrounds are a lived reality. Thousands of Ukrainian and Russian students, academics, artists and researchers in art practices are at the same time working together peacefully all over Europe and the world. We stand by all these artists, as well as with Ukrainian people, in solidarity. We likewise call on all SAR member institutions to support refugees from the war zone within their possibilities to be able to continue their art studies in a non-bureaucratic way. 

The future of life on the planet depends on the human ability for peaceful conflict resolution.

The SAR Presidents, Executive Board members, and Executive Officer


Save the date: SAR Weimar Conference 2022 Postponed to Summer (30.06.-03.07.2022)

SAR conference 2022 postponed to summer (30.06.-03.07.2022)

In view of the current pandemic situation and related travel and gathering restrictions, the conference committee has decided to postpone the 13th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research 2022 to 30th June – 3rd July 2022. Please save the date!

The SAR General Assembly will also be moved to connect to the conference, and the membership will be informed of the planned changes by separate message.

All speakers and contributors will be informed separately.

The goal of conference postponement is to offer space for high-level in-depth exchange, pandemic-safe but at the same time convivial and flexible social gathering, and focused sessions in physical presence.

In light of the current COVID-19 numbers and prognosis in Germany, this type of event could only be realized in March in an extremely limited form, or be forced to move online. Conversely, the situation in early summer is expected to be a time of significantly lower numbers of COVID cases. The summertime will allow us more flexibility for spatial planning (i.e. convening and breaks outside, continuous airing of rooms, etc.).

Weimar is also quite beautiful in the summer!

The conference will still consist of the 24-hour online “long conversation” event (30. June – 1. July) and three days of live, on-site events in Weimar (1. – 3. July). The winner of the annual Prize for Best Research Catalogue Exposition 2021 will also be announced during the conference.

Stay tuned for the programme announcement coming soon on the website.

Registration and ticketing will begin in May 2022.

In the meantime, stay safe, healthy and inspired!

Best regards and looking forward to welcoming you to Weimar.




The “SAR RC Prize for Best Exposition” 2020
has been announced!

The jury announced the “SAR RC Prize for Best Exposition” for 2020 and the prize goes to:

Ernie Roby-Tomic, ‘Reclamation : Exposing Coal Seams and Appalachian Fatalism with Digital Apparatuses‘
VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research, 4 (2020)

Christoph Solstreif-Pirker, ‘Breathing into the Ecological Trauma: The Case of Gruinard Island‘
Journal for Artistic Research, 21 (2020)

The runner up was:
Palle Torsson, ‘Radical Inside‘,
VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research, 4 (2020)

Call for Establishing SAR Special Interest Groups – SIGs

The Executive Board is delighted to renew its Call for Establishing SAR Special Interest Groups (SIGs). SIGs may be suggested, organised, and moderated by any SAR member (individual members, representatives of institutional members) with the aim of conducting a particular activity, theme or focus area under the umbrella of SAR and promoting the activity and its results within the SAR community.
For more information on establishing a SIG see: SAR Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

Vienna declaration

SAR is proud to present the Vienna Declaration, a policy paper advocating for the full recognition of Artistic Research across Europe. More than one year ago, the main organisations and transnational networks dealing with Artistic Research at European level and beyond decided to join forces to increase the visibility and recognition of this strand of research. The Vienna Declaration, co-written by AEC, CILECT / GEECTCulture Action EuropeCumulusEAAEELIAEPARMEQ-ArtsMusiQuE and SAR, is the first outcome of this important collaboration. The initiative is open to the involvement of other international organisations proving legitimate interest.

The long term aims of this concerted action, and the formulation of documents such as the Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research and the Florence Principles on the Doctorate in the Arts, are to secure full recognition of artistic research both within international as well as national research directories and funding schemes.

Dare Care Share - Vienna Conference

12th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research

Hosted by mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

The 12th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research will invite submissions that relate to three attractors dare, care, and share. It will be the first SAR conference organized as a live online event. We are calling for artistic researchers to present their work, processes, methods, discoveries, knowledge interventions, new insights, understandings, and to engage in exchange – in actions and words, complex and simple, by conventional and unconventional, robust, and fragile means.

The conference website can be found here:


The Crisis Collective ! (cancelled)

Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, we unfortunately find it necessary to cancel the conference in Bergen. We apologize for the inconvenience this entails for the participants.


The decision is founded on an overall joint assessment by the University of Bergen and SAR, based on the current advice from The Norwegian Institute of Public Health in relation to the growing concerns on the quick spreading of the virus.

We find the possibility for an outbreak and the consequent risk for quarantines etc. too high.

We will refund the conference fees and get back to you regarding procedures for this as soon as possible.

NB! Please note that that the conference organizers cannot offer any refund on travel and/or accommodations costs, and we advise you to cancel such arrangements as soon as possible.


The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design and SAR are truly sorry for having to cancel the conference due to these unfortunate circumstances, but are looking into the possibility of transforming the contributions into a more permanent format,

like a publication or through digital dissemination.


With best regards

SAR11 Conference Committee

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