Research group:
Site – narrative - materiality (working title) 

The understanding of these key concepts is crucial to contemporary art, but also as a 'genre' of art where art and artistic research has a potential to link into other research disciplines and society at large. Horizon Europe’s focus on cultural heritage is connected to these issues as we would claim that site is a cultural carrier of narratives and constituted and formed by its materiality.

The research methodology and group model are drawing upon the rhetorical method, situating a landscape and then looking at it from many perspectives and vantage points (topos). This approach has proven very effective and fruitful for interdisciplinary research and education. The methodology and group development are nurturing inclusiveness (multi-perspective, multi-voices). The research group will have a rhizomic approach to how the content and formats are developed. The aim is to establish a discursive common plattform for individual researchers and research projects to be connected, challenged, interfaced, expanded and developed.  

Currently connected research projects: 

Beyond Heritage
It will be fine
Matter, Gesture, Soul

Research group initiator: 
Professor Anne Helen Mydland
Funded by KMDs strategic funds 2022

Research group:
The Agenda Group (working title) 

The Agenda Group (working title) is a research group (forskningsgruppe) based at KMD, connecting artistic practices "with an agenda". The group enables crossover methods rather than media specificity, allowing space for different participants. "An agenda" is here understood as an aspect of socially engaged art practices. This relates to people, narratives and history alike and is about our shared values and contribution to society as artists. The engagement relates to issues outside of the artistic context and investigates how these issues might be mediated and moderated with artistic means.

The Agenda Group is open for all kinds of artistic practices, but the focus of the discussions will be on artistic practice "as crucial to both individual and societal change and development" (KMD Strategic Plan). The relationality between art and society is never as simple as it seems and these reflections involves the thinking of intensity in addition to formats, translation and displacement. In this sense the agenda of an artistic project is crucial to the understanding of its implications.

The Agenda Group is a pragmatic platform to connect various members of staff at KMD (artistic-researchers, post-docs, PhD’s and maybe even MA-students). The main purpose is to meet regularly, presenting and discussing the artistic research of each of the group members. An internal critical agenda. 

Research group initiator: Professor Frans Jacobi
Group members: Jill Halstead, LM Sanchez Cardona, David Rych, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Ingrid Cogne, Frans Jacobi