The Artistic Doctoral School
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

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Artistic Research is a new and highly innovative field for gaining knowledge, which combines artistic accomplishment with academic practice. For this, complex artistic experiments created to answer musical questions are central, as well as other questions that are systematically engaged in a dialogue with reflection, analysis and other academic methods. The artistic research festival ARTikulationen has a duration of 2,5 days and is organized by the Artistic Doctoral School (KWDS) of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz since 2016. The special essence of artistic research – audible results achieved through a methodological founded dynamic between art and science – becomes perceptible and comprehensible for the audience in this pioneer-format.

ARTikulationen 2019

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ARTikulationen 2019 will take place from 3 to 5 October 2019.

ARTikulationen 2018

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At the ARTikulationen 2018, 10 doctoral students will present their research projects in the Florentinersaal, MUMUTH Proberaum and the Orangerie im Burggarten from October 4 - 6.: one rigorosum/doctoral defense by Joel Diegert, plus 9 presentations from doctoral students from KUG/ZHdK, the Orpheus Institute Ghent and Malmö Academy of Music: Florian Bogner, Roxanne Dykstra, Artemi Gioti, Lula Romero, Emiliano Sampaio, Halla Steinunn Stefansdottir (Malmö Academy of Music), Raimund Vogtenhuber, Anne Veinberg (Orpheus Institute), and Karin Wetzel.

Next to the presentations of the doctoral students, there will also be an overarching topic for discussion this year: Experimenting Musically. The topic will be addressed in two keynotes and discussed in three panels, and for the first time, we now have two ARTikulationen-sessions in collaboration with the Graz contemporary music festival musikprotokoll (called musikprotokoll@ARTikulationen): Chaya Czernowin's keynote (adjacent to the musikprotokoll performance of her Knights of the strange) and a discussion on experimenting musically with Fred Frith and others. And, continuing last year’s alumni-presentations, alumna Dorothea Seel — who very recently joined the KWDS-team as Senior Scientist — will present her latest work and her book which has a few days ago been accepted for publication.

In retrospect: ARTikulationen 2017

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The symposium ARTikulationen 2017 was held in Graz between the 5th and 7th of October 2017.

Three world-famous and important personalities combining for the areas of music and thinking were providing the keynotes: Alfred Brendel, Georg Friedrich Haas and George Lewis. Alongside the keynotes, different formats – such as lecture-recitals, guest-lectures, poster-presentations and a round table about the practices of artistic research – were combined to constitute the program of the ARTikulationen. The encouragement of young academics is promoted as well as the discourse of international experts. Additionally, this year the two most important institutions for artistic research in music – the Orpheus Institute (Ghent) and the Inter Arts Center at Lund University (Malmö) – are contributing to the round-table and by two lecture-recitals by guest doctoral candidates.

The ARTikulationen 2017 took place in Graz, Austria at the Orangerie in the Burggarten (5th October) and the Florentinersaal of the Palais Meran at the University of Music and Perfoming Arts (6th-7th October).

In retrospect: ARTikulationen 2016

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In 2016, ARTikulationen took place between October 6 to October 9. The annual festival contained two formats: THE FORUM and THE CONCERT. The festival encompassed guest talks, concerts and networking opportunities and served as a platform for our doctoral candidates to present their artistic and written work to an audience of international experts and to the university and local community.

THE FORUM served as our annual symposium with talks of the doctoral candidates and international guest lectures. Here the doctoral candidates present the results of their ongoing research or defend their final thesis in form of a public viva voce ("Rigorosum"). Within this framework prominent artistic researchers presented their current or life-long research and will be invited to hold the keynotes.

THE CONCERT allowed a connection with the public by presenting "Research through art" and "Art through Research" in form of lecture recitals. The idea was to let the common audience partake in the fascination and beauty of artistic research.

Vienna Brahms Trio: Doctoral candidate Boris Kuschnir (violin), Orfeo Mandozzi (cello), Jasminka Stancul (piano): Brahms - Trio for piano, violin & cello in C-major, Op. 87, Allegro (source: YouTube).