Artistic Research Symposium

Artistic Research Symposium, Of Mind and Memory
Institution: UC Berkeley department of Art
Date: Oct 3, 2011
Organizers: Research Presentations hosted by the Townsend Working Group on Socialisms & Sexualities

Panelists: Dena Al-Adeeb, Annica Karlsson Rixon, Anna Viola Hallberg, Johan Oberg (University of Gothenburg), Dr. Lena
Martinsson (University of Gothenburg), Greg Niemeyer (UC Berkeley Art Practice/BCNM); Moderator: Dr.
Laura Fantone (SFAI)


“In Mind and Memory” (September 28-October 22, 2011) presents two research-based artistic collaborations. Autobiographical inquiry takes on abstracted, poetic form in Baghdadi Mem/Wars (2010) by Dena al-Adeeb and Sama Alshaibi, which references the artists’ personal and family histories of war and migration from Iraq to the United States. State of Mind (2008) by Annica Karlsson Rixon and Anna Viola Hallberg, is a documentary-based body of work about LGBTQ communities in St. Petersburg, Russia, in which first-person narratives are presented simultaneously in an installation alongside family portrait photos of their subjects.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a symposium (October 3) that will address the relationship between academic research and contemporary art practice, as manifested in the emerging field of Artistic Research. This is a developing field at research universities around the world, but one as yet minimally represented within American institutions. The symposium will include a discussion with the artists about their creative processes and the role that research plays in their practices. This will be followed by a conversation about approaches to research in the arts and the humanities, within and outside of academic models.

The invited artists apply research methodologies in their creative processes, gathering data through investigative means to inform their artistic output. Annica Karlsson-Rixon and Anna Viola Hallberg apply ethnographic methods such as participant interviews and impartial observation to their intercultural work. Dena Al-Adeeb and Sama Alshaibi bring research backgrounds in Anthropology, Ethnography, and Sociology to their self-analysis, exploring personal experiences with the critical eyes of social scientists. Participants include the artists as well as Gothenburg University faculty members Lena Martinsson and Johan Öberg, Art Practice faculty Greg Niemeyer, Beatrice Bain Research Group scholar Dr. Laura Fantone, and graduate students from the Working Group on Socialisms and Sexualities.

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice with Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Institute for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies; Scandinavian Department; Center for Race and Gender; Beatrice Bain Research Group; and Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures at UC Berkeley. Support for the exhibition also provided by IASPIS, The Swedish Art Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists; Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg; Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg; Pro Suecia Barbro Osher Foundation; The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation; and The Painter’s Place, San Francisco. (text

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