Artistic Research & Development

- Department of Music, NTNU

The Department's professional staff contributes extensively to the artistic research and development through its involvement in diverse activities as performing musicians through concerts, recordings and media contributions locally, nationally and internationally - both as soloists, in chamber music context, and as leaders of various types of ensembles and orchestras. Several of the department's employees are also active as composers.

The artistic activities at the Department of Music are of fundamental importance for the preservation and revitalization of the Department. In a similar way that research is the foundation of the university's teaching and dissemination of scientific disciplines, artistic activities and research are essential for teaching and dissemination in the artistic areas. The artistic activity among academic staff is both a necessity and an enrichment of education and represents a guarantee for the quality of the Department's educational programmes.

The University Act ascribes equal value to research and the arts in higher education. This does not mean that these two categories are considered identical forms of insight, but that artistic research and development are perceived as autonomous and equal areas adjacent to science and research.

In addition to their artistic work the staff is involved in various types of research in the intersection between art and science. Acquisition of knowledge, skills and experience in the arts can follow other methods than established traditions in science. Research related to art can be divided into three categories: Research on Art (Musicology), research in art (the study of processes, systems and materials that support the arts), and research through art - artistic research.

The discussion about the content and meaning of the term "Artistic research" is not closed, and appraisal of the other aforementioned research activities in the field of art is not unique. A common interpretation of the term is: "Artistic research covers the artistic processes that lead to a public artistic product. This may include an explicit reflection on the development and presentation of the artistic product." Understood in this way, the concept constitutes that artistic activities with the aim to produce knowledge and experience, insights, experiences and understanding is gained through both the artistic process and product.