SAR Prize (2022) : Winner Announced

The prize aims to foster and encourage innovative, experimental new formats of publication and to give visibility to the qualities of artistic research artefacts.

We received 14 very good and diverse applications from different disciplines. The evaluation was carried out by a jury composed of Paulo Luís Almeida, Jacek Smolicki and Blanka Chládková. The jury highly appreciates the quality and compactness of the exhibition by Andreas Berchtold titled In circles leading on“:

exposition landing page: a dancer standing in a circle of rectangles.

Honorable mentions go to: Spotting A Tree From A Pixel by Sheung Yiu and Fragments in Time by Tobias Leibetseder, Thomas Grill, Almut Schilling, Till Bovermann.

Read the full jury report here.

14th SAR Conference Trondheim: recordings available

Video recordings of the opening and the keynote speeches by Pier Luigi Sacco and Anjalika Sagar, as well as the program produced in the KIT video studio are available at the conference website.

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

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.

SARA / Society for Artistic Research Announcement service

SAR enables individual and institutional members as well as non-members to distribute announcements of relevance to artistic research environments, such as symposia, conferences, exhibitions, performances, publications, study programmes, available positions etc. via a dedicated email list, reaching colleagues who have registered at the Research Catalogue (RC).

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