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 Conference 2023 Trondheim
Too Early/Too Late: Call for Contributions

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 14th of November ’22, 13:00 CEST

What kind of artistic research practices would enable us to reflect and respond effectively to the urgencies of our moment?

A moment when it becomes increasingly clear that bug-fixing and incremental improvement cannot be enough. Rather than decoration and further embellishment, our world requires substantial, systemic change more urgently than ever before.

We are seeking examples and models of artistic research that, more than merely negotiating disciplinary divides, actively embrace them — as spaces of conceptual freedom, of creative agency, and of societal imagination.

/ Call for reviewers /

SAR Prize (2021) Winner Announced!

Screenshot of the exposition

The Executive Board of SAR is delighted to announce the winner of the Annual Prize for Excellent Research Catalogue Exposition 2021. “Minuting. Rethinking the Ordinary Through the Ritual of Transversal Listening” by Jacek Smolicki.

He is followed by Alexandra Crouwers with her exposition “Plot, the Compositor, Mourning/Mistakes” on the second place and Timo Menke with his exposition “DARK MATTER(S)” on the third place.

Read the complete report here.

SAR General Assembly Election Results:

We hereby announce the results of the SAR elections that took place during the SAR General assembly on 4th of July 2022 in Weimar:

Florian Schneider has been elected SAR president (for 2022-2026)

Geir Ström has been re-elected SAR First Vice President/Treasurer (for 2022-2024)

Both Blanka Chládková & Esa Kirkkopelto have been elected as SAR board member (for 2022-2026)

See “Who we are” for more information.

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).


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

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)


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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