Since 2011, SARN has been an active network for artists and other researchers working within Swiss art schools. The network supports an authentic discussion about how and why artists do research, their working conditions and how this work is made accessible to the public. In a series of workshops beginning in 2011, projects (often on-going) have been presented, discussed and thus ‘used’ by all participants to gain an understanding of this emerging field. Developing an open discussion based on volunteer contributions across institutional borders has been exceptionally rewarding.
The SARN booklets each consolidate reflections from one of the SARN-workshops, aiming to capture the seriousness as well as the dynamic lightness of the work. The booklets present artistic research issues in a comprehensible manner, to an audience interested in accessing and continuing the discussions.

Booklet Phdmaking
Title
Phd-Making Is My Art Practice
Author
SARN
Published
March 28, 2017
Language
English
Format
10.8 × 17.7 cm, 320 p.

This booklet highlights the current situation of PhD’s in the arts in Switzerland: artistic research is consigned to the field of applied sciences, and therefore to the realm of applied research, yet because Swiss universities of applied sciences are unable to award doctoral degrees, doctoral candidates must seek other institutional frameworks in order to promote in the arts.This has led to the development of several doctoral programs in the arts as partnerships between universities of applied sciences and Swiss/international universities.

Booklet All We Need
Title
All We Need is (Art) Research?
Author
Flavia Caviezel & Priska Gisler
Published
June 29, 2015
Language
English

This publication is the product of two SARN events dedicated to understanding the field of artistic research. They covered the funding of artistic research in Switzerland as well as research topics taken up in the field and forecasted the development of expectations and ideas regarding the future importance and positioning of this research field.

Booklet Publishing
Title
Publishing Artistic Research
Author
Barnaby Drabble & Federica Martini
Published
November 6, 2014
Language
English

Since the conception of what we understand as the ‘contemporary’ in art of the second half of the 20th century, writing texts, poems and novels and presenting works as printed publications have all been common practices. This booklet presents an examination of the importance of the printed form for artistic (research) practices.

Booklet Opensource
Title
Open Source / Sharing Knowledge in Artistic Research
Author
Barnaby Drabble & Federica Martini
Published
November 6, 2014
Language
English

Based on the proceedings of the small SARN workshop co-organized by HEAD and ECAV in Geneva in March, 2013, this booklet focuses on how ‘open source’ concepts, borrowed from software development, might best be applied to the field of artistic research.

Booklet Language
Title
Artistic Research : The Language Issue
Author
Lucie Kolb, Ronny Hardliz, Franz Krähenbühl, Julie Harboe, Christoph Lang, Andrea Portmann
Published
November 6, 2014
Language
English

Some protagonists in the field of artistic research make a plea for the implementation of language that emerges from artistic practice. In other words, a language intrinsic to artistic practice.

Booklet 87Questions
Title
SARN Notebook : 87 questions on Artistic Research
Author
SARN
Published
2015
Language
English

This booklet was published in the framework of the ELIA (European League of the Institutes of the Arts) conference „Economies of aesthetics,“ held in Basel in 2015. The booklet was handed out during the conference and performed by SARN board members. It was also the basis of a lecture/performance, held at the HGK (Academy of Art and Design) in Basel as a contribution to the theme „Economies of aesthetics,“ which implied that artistic research is a central playground for the interaction between economics and aesthetics.