In SARN’s work groups, association members can introduce their own themes, reflect on the situation of artistic research and organize events with SARN’s support and ‘brand’. The status of the groups’ work will be presented to all members at the association’s General Assembly in spring 2019. Members can now participate in the following work groups: To join, please contact the person(s) responsible for the group.

Work Groups

Art and Industry

Location

To be defined by group members.

Frequency

To be defined by group members.

Members

Jan Van Ordt, Cora Piantoni, Stéphanie Gygax, Petra Koehle.

The group ‘Art and Industry’ aims to develop artistic dialogues with industrial heritage, contemporary industrial landscapes, and environmental transformations in Switzerland. It engages with past and present industrial infrastructures and considers the imbrications of Swiss actors within a globalised world. Additionally, the group investigates the presence and agency of industrial materials in artistic practices at the outset of the 21st century, in the context of fast-pace technological innovation and increasing environmental pressure.

Methods & Practices

Responsible

Flavia Caviezel, Priska Gisler, Christian Ritter

Location

To be determined by groups members

Frequency

There are scheduled four to five meetings a year

Members

Michaela Büsse

Judith Dobler

Bernhard Garnicnig

Konstantin Mitrokhov

The work group concentrates on the identification and exploration of artistic research methods at the intersection of the arts with cultural and social sciences.

NewsLibrary

Responsible

Markus Schwander, Petra Koehle, Erin Mallon

Location

To be defined by group members

Activities

#microreviews

SARN sends a monthly newsletter to its members with event tips, publication recommendations and job offers. The work group NewsLibrary collects information for the newsletter, organizes and archives it and serves as its editorial staff.
The group defines editorial processes and determines the content of the newsletter. These contents are provided for discussion in public and/or internal association events. Since 2020, the work group publishes a monthly series of #microreviews, in which guests from the artistic research landscape review a publication of their choosing in approx. 1000 characters.

Pièce de Résistance - Practice-based PhD in Switzerland.

The aim of the working group is twofold: first, the development and implementation of a graduate school for practice-based PhD candidates in the realm of visual cultural practices (detailed orientation to be specified); secondly, an analysis of this implementation by focusing on the structural obstacles and challenges for individual candidates which arise in the process.

The SARN TABLE series represents a ‘Stammtisch'-like frame for exchange about meanings, methods and contents of research in the arts. Both members and those interested in learning more about SARN are welcome to join the meetings, which are hosted in connection with public events that relate to artistic research (e.g. exhibitions or other formats). In keeping with the nature of a Stammtisch, space will be
given to conversations about everybody’s work as well as to the questions participants bring with them.

Sense of Coexistence

Responsible

Franziska Lauber

Contact

adm.flauber(at)gmail.com

Location

Varies

Frequency

Meeting details are arranged within the group and vary from meeting to meeting.

Members

Asthildur Jonsdottir, Eric Maeder

The research of the members of the group focuses on relations between humans and sentient non-human beings such as animals, plants, trees and forests. How do we encounter non-human beings in artistic research and practice and how do we redefine our relations to them?