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Evaluation of artistic research

Tomas Hellström

in Research Evaluation

Volume 19, issue 5, pages 306-316
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 0958-2029
Published online December 2010 | e-ISSN: 1471-5449 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3152/095820210X12809191250807
Evaluation of artistic research

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The gradual inclusion of art colleges and schools into the regular university system has prompted previously craft-based subjects, such as music, visual arts, design and performance, to develop and formalize a research component. While such ‘artistic research’ is debated, many key points of this debate are actualized when project proposals and results are evaluated by institutional funders. To provide firmer ground for such evaluations, this article explicates some dimensions of value of artistic research: its public and private, and its intrinsic and extrinsic values respectively, particularly in relation to mainstream science. The article describes possible tensions between researcher and evaluator standards, stemming from the special conditions of this field, using a Swedish case study. Key dimensions of value and associated epistemic tensions are identified, involving levels of acceptable serendipity in research processes and outcomes, acceptable forms of communication and the cross-sectoral nature of artistic research.

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Subjects: Research Methods ; Biological Sciences ; Knowledge Management ; Social Research and Statistics

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