The Royal Institute of Art is developing its activities within the area of artistic research. The school has during its long history engaged with different forms of artistic explorations. However, now it is taking another step by providing a framework and support for artistic research projects undertaken at a formal academic level. The purpose is to highlight and extend knowledge and insights about the processes and possibilities for artistic formation and articulation that exist within fine art, architecture and restoration art.
Compared to the KU-projects, which are generally more open and experimental in their character, the artistic research projects raise higher demands on the formulation of a specific enquiry and the documentation of the process. An artistic research project allows a focused period and opportunity to deepen the artistic experience through an individually managed and delimited project while in dialogue with for example, supervisors and other researchers.
The Royal Institute of Art is part of Konstnärliga forskarskolan (a national research school in the field of arts - www.konstnarligaforskarskolan.se) which is funded by the Swedish Research Council. Within this network, which has been formed around the new artistic doctoral degree, 11 of the Swedish artistic higher education institutions participate. The artistic doctoral degree is based upon artistic practice and is examined through the presentation of a documented artistic research project. The Royal Institute of Art has 3 PhD candidates who are enrolled within this framework.
Since 2009 the Royal Institute of Art, also hosts two other artistic research projects run by Peter Hagdahl and Karin Hansson who is a PhD candidate (a collaboration between the Royal Institute of Art and the Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, Stockholm University). In 2010 Emma Kihl embarked upon a research project founded by the Swedish Research Council. Jenny Wiklund is a PhD candidate at the Royal Institute of Technology and undertakes some of her project at the Royal Institute of Art.
Read more about the current research projects, see "Current" in the menu on the left.