The two-year programme of the interdisciplinary Master Artistic Research, which started in September 2009 as an initiative of the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice, is the result of a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and is a research path of the interfaculty ArtScience.
Artists have always researched, without it being named as such. Artistic research itself cannot be defined as a given methodology. It is rather an attitude; an openness and desire to be more self-reflexive about one’s artistic practice – to investigate, to want to understand at a deeper level and go further with one’s interests.
Research can take place through dialogue, reading, gathering images and materials, forming visual, textual or sound archives, through watching and making films, through interviewing, visiting exhibitions or carrying out collaborative experiments with people in other fields. It is the exploratory, critical attitude to these activities and the wish to continuously further these lines of enquiry that define them as research. That is why one of the most important aims of the Master Artistic Research is to create space for an equal diversity in research methods.
The Master Trajectory at the KABK and the Royal Conservatoire emphasizes the importance of the interaction between theory and practice. Both the theory and practice teachers approach the work and learning process of the students as unified. The focus lies on the development of the most suitable form for the research or matter; where it does not matter whether the planned form of the end result is a text, art work, composition piece or curatorial project.