'Artistic practices are manifold and highly diverse. In recent years, a claim towards research has become meaningful to many practitioners of art. Intellectual Birdhouse gives room to a number of actors to unfold their attitudes towards this claim. In this book, "artistic research" is assumed as being independent of "discipline", with the potential to occur in all contexts once epistemological expectations have shifted. This approach foregrounds questions concerning the type of models, terms and concepts that elucidate the processes and outcomes of epistemic-artistic practices while recalling theoretical debates steeped in tradition. Artistic research often involves productive and reflective work on and with material, and is frequently paired with testing of forms of representation other than texts that engage in open negotiations with knowledge. For this reason, artistic research may take an unexpected or even controversial course.

As a consequence, most of the chapters discuss how borders need to be negotiated as part of the research process. This includes questions bearing on art and science, art and politics, art and history as well as art and philosophy. Many of the authors see themselves as artists, but one of the chief claims of this book is that a position is possible beyond the "theory" and "practice" labels. The chapters address this position and the difficulties negotiating it in the context of existing discourses and intellectual frameworks.' - from back cover

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Spying on Sparrows - Jan SVENUNGSSON
Being Concerned? Scattered Thoughts on 'Artistic Research' and 'Social Responsibility' - Tom HOLERT
Context-Responsive Investigations - Henk SLAGER
Aesthetic of Resistance? - Hito STEYERL
Ahamkara: Particules Élémentaires of First-Person Consciousness - Sarat MAHARAJ, Francisco VARELA
Experimental Systems: Difference, Graphematicity, Conjuncture - Hans-Jörg RHEINBERGER
Precarious Evidence: Notes on Art and Biology in the Age of Digital Experimentation - Hannes RICKLI
Boundary Work: Interview of Henk Borgdorff by Michael Schwab
Through the Looking Glass: Art and Science at the Time of the Avant-Garde: The Example of Wassily Kandinsky's Working Method in his Synthetic Art - Sabine FLACH
Allegory, Architecture and 'Figural Theory' - Penelope HARALAMBIDOU
Psycho - Active - Acoustic Experiences - Florian HECKER, Sónia MATOS
The Language of the Birds - Raqs Media Collective
Logic of Blindness - Marcus STEINWEG
The Sublime and Beauty Beyond Uncanny Anxiety - Bracha L. ETTINGER
Fine Art and Research - Jonathan MILES
Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Michael SCHWAB
Parrot Language: An Original Improvement - Paul CARTER
On the Research Paradigm in Contemporary Art Discourse: A Dialogue - Gina BADGER, Alise UPITIS
Paradoxes Experienced by Artist-Thinkers - Rene GREEN
Intellectual Birdhouse: Artistic Practice as Research
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Intellectual Birdhouse: Artistic Practice as Research