Musical and Athletic Motor Learning and Performance
Edited By Adina Mornell
During the last few years, a new discourse has come into being on the university scene in Europe. This discourse, distinct from conventional scientiﬁc research, increasingly appreciates artistic works and reﬂects an independent path of understanding, and consequently, broadens the deﬁnition of what research stands for. The deﬁnition process, however, is far from complete. Catchwords such as “artistic research,” “practice- based art research,” “practice as research,” “art as research,” or “research/ creation” are topical in current discussions. The Austrian legislature has identiﬁed this kind of research, known as the “development and unfolding of the arts,” as a key mission of Austrian universities of the arts, and has put it on a level equal to traditional scientiﬁc research. Even national advancement institutions such as the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) have responded to this development and are currently preparing special advancement programs for artistic research. However, what is “artistic research?” Even though the meaning of this or of other terms in use has not been precisely deﬁned, the main characteristics can still be outlined. These days it becomes evident that many artistic activities share some structural similarities with scientiﬁc research, and integrate their results into the conceptualization of works of art and the development of new forms of art. This form of artistic activities is less work-oriented but focuses on the processes of creation of art. As proof of this concept, the work of art itself, be it a concert, a stage production, or...
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