HOW TO SHOW...?  - Lab for Research and Art

February - April 2014

"How to show? Lab for Research and Art" - an exhibition series of events, talks and exhibitions showcasing artistic research, at various project spaces in Berlin.

From february to april 2014 doctoral candidates from Bauhaus-University Weimar, Helsinki's Kuvataideakatemia and Aalto University as well as the University of Ulster in Belfast will invite to exhibitions, talks, performances, screening, workshops and more  to share forms of artistic research.  

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The Project

The How to Show? Lab for Research and Art was conceived as a collaborative project of the European Society for Research and Art (EGFK), the Ulster Research Salon (URS), the Kuvataideakatemia (Kuva) and several art project spaces in Berlin. The project is intended to foster the exchange of experience between researchers and institutions and to present artistic research projects to a broader public. It will bring ten doctoral candidates for one month each to Berlin. Here they will have time to work on the presentation of their research results. The candidates will work parallel to each other in different project spaces, where they have the opportunity to develop experimental exhibition formats for their artistic research processes. Matches will be made according to the content of the different research projects and the program of the exhibition spaces.



The relationship of art and research is a topic of increasing public interest, as numerous conferences, exhibitions and courses of lectures taking place these past years show. It is evidence of a discursive shift away from the creative process' and towards ‚artistic research'. This becomes particularly clear at European art schools. In the context of the Bologna reform a 3rd educational cycle is developing, opening postgraduate training to art students. New approaches, such as the practice based PhD, opens the possibility for artists to undertake research within university.


While Great Britain has been offering such programs for approx. 20 years, they are increasingly drawing attention in the rest of Europe as well. How to evaluate these programs is being discussed broadly. For most art schools the introduction of the 3rd cycle means a considerable structural re- organization.


Artistic research places the process of knowledge production at the center, not necessarily leading to completed works of art, or other final products. Consequently, artist researchers are faced with two main problem areas when intersecting academic research and art:


1)   What is the value of artistic research within scholarship? What types of research results may be obtained, what are the goals of artistic research, and how may research results be communicated within the academic environment?


2)   What does the shifted emphasis entail for artistic processes, for art institutions and the viewer? How can projects of artistic research, developed within a university context be presented to a broader public?


In light of this re-orientation towards academic research and the questions associated with this shift, the How to Show? Lab for Research and Art focuses on the question of how to present and represent results of these research projects. Considering the effects this development has on production and theory of art, the How to Show? Lab for Research and Art offers a possibility for exchanging experience amongst the participants.


Scholarly work is usually published in book form or as articles in academic journals, while the exhibition is still the primary format for the presentation of new artwork. The results of artistic research can often be represented only in diluted form as academic text. An exhibition, tough, is not necessarily considered an academic publication. A justified consideration, as not every exhibition ambient conduces to the complexity of a doctoral research project. This represents a problem requiring clarification.

The proposed residency offers space for participants to experiment with presentation formats, to explore adequate ways of displaying their work, while providing a framework for discussing these experiments with researchers from other institutions.


Participating artists:

Dina Boswank

Emma Campbell

Ulrike Ettinger

Kathrin Ganser

Henna-Riikka Halonen

Beatrice Jarvis

Jaana Kokko

Fred Meier-Menzel

Andrea Theis

Magda Wegrzyn

Jacqueline Wylie


Participating galleries:

Gitte Bohr/West Germany

OKK/Raum 29

secondhome projects

SUOMESTA galleria



EGFK in Collaboration with