Subject description: Performative and mediated practices

The research education subject represents a unit where the focus is on interaction with the audience through artistic interpretation in different staged or mediated forms. The research is based on diverse performative and mediated practices that include physical and vocal practices (for example, circus, opera singing and acting), sound, image or form-based narrative techniques (for example lighting design, sound design and set design) as well as practices where dramaturgical, choreographic or compositional structures are in focus.

The scope of the research education subject

The research education subject represents a unit where the focus is on interaction with the audience through artistic interpretation in different staged or mediated forms. The research is based on diverse performative and mediated practices that include physical and vocal practices (for example, circus, opera singing and acting), sound, image or form-based narrative techniques (for example lighting design, sound design and set design) as well as practices where dramaturgical, choreographic or compositional structures are in focus.
The subject includes challenging the dichotomy between artistic processes and events that take place in real time and those that are mediated through different technologies. Instead the subject is researched from the point of view of how both staged and media forms relate to temporal aspects of the interaction with the audience. This means that the research can include studying conditions for the articulation of the present moment and the possibility of repetition, modification or interaction at different points in time during the artistic process or its execution.


Possible lines of enquiry

The research education subject may be directed at lines of enquiry that are specific to a certain practice or a particular field. This may be with a view to expanding the practice’s methodologies or mode of expression, to develop new types of cooperation or dramaturgical and compositional structures, to develop new technological possibilities or to explore different ways of interacting with the audience. The subject also includes discussion of the interaction between different physical and vocal practices, and the way in which these communicate in performative and mediated modes of presentation, for example in different forms of performing arts (circus, choreography, performance, theatre, etc) or in different media (film, radio, TV, multimedia forms of narrative, etc). The research may problematise the production conditions that prevail within a particular artistic field and, for example, develop new ways of working or distribution strategies. Other aspects of the research education subject may involve critical review of the norms and hierarchies or the self-understanding to be found within a certain artistic field. This is challenged in different ways by means of artistic strategies. Further approaches may be to use artistic points of departure to explore the sociopolitical implications of the artistic practice, or art’s ability to address social, political and ethical issues.

Methodological diversity

The research methods used are developed from the specific lines of enquiry the project is designed to address. They build on the exploration being done from a starting point in artistic practice, for example in advanced experiments in form or in the shaping of experimental artistic processes and methods. The project creates reflection and documentation methodologies within – and in relation to – the artistic practice and thus brings about interaction between different ways of developing the project’s thinking further. These methodologies may further be based on different critical perspectives, interdisciplinary comparisons, collaborations or transdisciplinary dialogue.

Interaction with other fields of research

Experimentation and crossing of boundaries are central to research in performative and media practices. By exploring staged and mediated encounters, while being rooted in a specialised artistic area of expertise, the research also contributes to increased understanding of the complexity of human interaction. In summary, research within the research education subject contributes to the development of performative and mediated practices as they are carried out within the arts. It also helps to develop those practices’ interactions with other areas of research and to strengthen their role as a critical voice in the public debate.