“The kind of reflection that artistic research is, the contingent perspectives it delivers, its performative power, and the realism it brings to bear– all these make artistic research into a distinctive instrument that will not readily conform to the established mores and conventions in the more traditional academic world. This is the fundamental uneasiness and restlessness that haunts relations between the artistic and the academic. But if the university, if academia, is willing and able to incorporate these unstable, uneasy attributes into its midst – along with the non-discursive artistic research practices – then we can say that progress has been made”.
“Much artistic research focuses simultaneously on enriching our world by developing new products (like compositions, images, performances, installations) and on broadening our understanding of reality and of ourselves – an understanding that is embodied in the products generated by the research. This dual research aim likewise transcends the classic dichotomy of applied versus basic research”.
Henk Borgdorff, philosopher and music theorist, in “The Conflict of the Faculties. Perspectives on Artistic Research and Academia” (2012).