Profile areas

The profile areas function as tools for interdisciplinary discussion and development of the Artistic Practices area.

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About the profile areas

The area Artistic Practices is built on the practices and research that are conducted within the research specialisations film and media, choreography, opera and performing arts at Uniarts, which constitute the research education subject Performative and Mediated Practices. The research specialisations have been strengthened and expanded by four thematic profile areas of research: Concept and composition; Art, Technology, Materiality; Bodily and vocal practices; Site, event, encounter.

These profiles represent strategic initiatives and they aim for creating opportunities for synergies within the research field, for development and broadening of transdisciplinary and thematic hybrids between research in the different specialisations. They are not necessarily tied to research topics or artistic areas and disciplines, but are primarily characterized by a cross- or transdisciplinary approach. Each area opens up for critical and creative thinking about hierarchies, power relations, conventions and norms regarding both creation processes, aesthetic and other values, as well as social categorizations and layouts. The profiles' descriptions should be seen as living and open definitions of issues that can attract and inspire research projects and research issues.

The profile areas constitute the research centre at Stockholm University of the Arts and each profile is led by a professor. The profile areas are used as tools/lenses for interdisciplinary discussion and development of all research conducted within the university.

Interdisciplinary research seminars are carried out once a week where researchers discuss their ongoing projects cutting across specialisation boundaries, raising common lines of enquiry and developing cross-disciplinary approaches. Since many of the artistic practices that doctoral candidates, senior researchers and MA students work with are carried out in collective art forms, collaboration is often an integral part of both the research process and the presentation of the research.

Further artistic fields, such as in fine art, music or design, are also included through different types of collaborations. Examples of this include exploring locations and conditions for art’s encounters and interactions with the audience, researching the conditions and possibilities specific artistic concepts have for creativity, researching how embodied knowledge can be studied and communicated, problematising the meaning of materials and technologies in interpretative processes. This can also be seen in the research that is being presented during the yearly research week.

The combination of the profile areas with increasing specialisation within our artistic disciplines creates an environment for emerging innovation and cutting-edge education programmes and research.