Concept and Composition

This profile area highlights and articulates questions around the initiation, formation, implementation and documentation of creative and artistic processes.

The formation of ideas and terminology, dramaturgy/narrative structures, interpretation, methodologies and documentation are key concepts, as are the area’s overarching critical terms – concepts and composition – which are understood and activated in the widest possible sense. Part of the research strategy is to renegotiate and (re-) present established notions (such as interpretation and dramaturgy) as critical acts; knowledge development in this area includes linguistic and other articulation of tacit or practical knowledge. Furthermore, the field entails an exploration of the synergies and frictions that result from encounters between different disciplines, art forms, interpretation and performance traditions. There are also potential issues around the ways in which conceptualisation affects artistic work processes, as well as the mutual influence between discourse and creative practice. Critical and creative reflection on methodology is strategically important for the development of this field, as are matters of documentation and dissemination.


This profile area looks at concepts, the formation of concepts and how in their different ways they can initiate artistic processes and productions. Concepts may also emerge as the result of a process of investigation and may be the critical thought expressed by a performance/event.


Dramaturgy is applied in all art forms and may be defined in a number of different ways. As a critical concept dramaturgy alludes to the “narrative structure”, the structure of the performance and its form. Research in this area may include lines of enquiry into issues such as time, tempo, dynamics, chronology, deconstruction, delay and fragmentation.


Interpretation may be regarded as an active approach to the concept and its execution. It may be understood as a critical act, listening comprehension and interpretation process in relation to production context, historical context, gender and norm. Interpretation may also involve interaction, translation and transcription between different discourses and versions, and it may thereby lead to research in various subject areas such as the visual, musical, textual, dramatic, physical, vocal and media gestaltung.

Conceptualisation and Documentation

Conceptualisation contributes to knowledge development by means of linguistic articulation of tacit knowledge and expertise and enables the sharing, critical review and further dissemination of knowledge. Conceptualisation in artistic research may challenge and reinterpret existing norms, theories and concepts. Conceptualisation enables an examination of how artistic approaches shape language and vice versa. Regarding language as a powerful force, means that research can explore issues concerning the interplay between artistic approaches, methods and norms in the surrounding environment.

Documentation is a part of the artistic research process. The research is documented via artistic representation and through various media whereby process, new knowledge and expertise and artistic gestaltung are made accessible for critical reflection and dialogue. This area provides an opportunity for developing new forms and methods of documentation in consultation with the requirements of the research.