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Research Narratives 2: Communities of artistic research

Date posted: 18/06/2010

Research Narratives 2: Communities of artistic research (here artistic research is to be understood in a broad sense to include performance and design) will focus on the first point of exchange between artistic researcher and peers; that is to say, the moment when the research is taken out of the studio, laboratory or workplace and placed in a community for comment, critique and acknowledgement as a contribution to the discourse.

Research Narratives 2: Communities of artistic research will be structured to both enable the artistic researcher to exchange his or her outcomes with peers in a manner conceived by its originator as most appropriate to the research field, and also to facilitate discussion about forms of research community and communication.

They put the following questions to you, the artistic researcher:

  • How do you conceive of your artistic research community?
  • How do you conceive of and perform the moment in which your artistic research contribution is made visible to this community?
  • How will this moment of exchange rely upon or contribute to the development of sustainable systems of knowledge exchange in your community?

Call for proposals
They are seeking proposals from artistic researchers looking to share their research findings in the setting which each perceives as most appropriate to his or her research and research community. The constituent colleges of CCW (Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon) offer a range of contexts in which a research community can come together, including galleries; theatres; studios; workshops; lecture theatres; on-line spaces such as blogs and wikis; offices; canteens; bars; and other social spaces, etc. The names of these spaces reflect their normal function, but here they are to be understood as possible places for sharing research process and outcome. London also offers many other sites that researchers may want to mobilise – although venues proximate to CCW campuses are encouraged for logistical reasons.

Proposals (which may be supported with visual material) should be no more than 1000 words in length to include:

1. Title of the submission.
2. Name, email and contact address of the principal researcher.
3. An abstract of no more than 300 words covering research context, approach and results, including your response to the three key questions listed above.
4. A description of the form, procedure, duration, etc., of the mode of exchange that you propose and the resources required, including space, equipment, etc. If you need a particular kind of space, e.g., a studio or workshop, please explain how this context is pertinent to your research.

The information provided at 3 will be used as the basis for assessing the quality of the research, and that provided at 4 to assess their ability to satisfy your requirements. Together, this information will enable them to assess the suitability of your proposal to the conference. Proposals should be sent via e-mail to

Proposals will be double-blind reviewed by members of the international committee for quality of research and potential contribution to understanding of artistic research communities and communication. The local committee will review proposals to assess the feasibility of providing the facilities requested.


Key dates
7 - 8 December 2010 – Conference

Submission dates
2 July 2010 – Deadline for submission of proposals
16 August 2010 – Notification of acceptance
26 September 2010 – Submission of revised proposals