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Artistic Research Methodology

Narrative, Power and the Public


Mika Hannula, Juha Suoranta and Tere Vadén

Artistic Research Methodology argues for artistic research as a context-aware and historical process that works inside-in, beginning and ending with acts committed within an artistic practice. An artistic researcher has three intertwined tasks. First, she needs to develop and perfect her own artistic skills, vision and conceptual thinking. This happens by developing a vocabulary for not only making but also writing and speaking about art. Second, an artistic researcher has to contribute to academia and the «invisible colleges» around the world by proposing an argument in the form of a thesis, a narrative; and in so doing helping to build a community of artistic research and the bodies of knowledge these communities rely on. Third, she must communicate with practicing artists and the larger public, performing what one could call «audience education». There is no way of being an engaged and committed partner in a community without taking sides, without getting entangled in issues of power. Consequently, the methodology of artistic research has to be responsive both to the requirements of the practice and the traditions of science. Here the embedded nature of the knowledge produced through artistic research becomes evident. Artistic Research Methodology is essential reading for university courses in art, art education, media and social sciences.
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8. Per Magnus Johansson: What Do You Do When You Do What You Do?


Per Magnus Johansson is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice; his training took place in Paris. In 2009, he published the fourth volume in his series Freuds Psykoanalys; Inblickar i Psykiatrins och den Psykodynamiska Terapins Historia i Göteborg 1945–2009 [Freud’s Psychoanalysis; Insight into the History of Psychiatry and the History of Psychodynamic Therapy in Gothenburg 1945–2009]. Johansson is an associate professor and a senior lecturer in the Department of History of Ideas and Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg. He is founder and editor in chief of the cultural journal Arche. In 2006, he received the decoration Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques from the French Department of Education and Sciences.

Mika Hannula: As a practicing psychoanalyst, you have been in analysis yourself. With whom?

Per Magnus Johansson: I started my analysis with Pierre Legendre; it was in Paris, in 1979. He was a didactic analyst at École freudienne de Paris, an institution founded by Jacques Lacan in 1964 and dissolved by him in 1980, close to his own death. I was in analysis with Pierre Legendre, who was a professor of History of Religion. He started out as a lawyer and his training was consequently academic. He wasn’t a psychologist, nor was he a psychiatrist. He was an analyst, trained at École freudienne de Paris.

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