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ARTikulationen 2017

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

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.

Three world-famous and important personalities combining for the areas of music and thinking will be holding 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 – are 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 will take 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).

Click here for the programme of 2017

In retrospect: ARTikulationen 2016

The Festival

Click here for the programme of 2016

The annual festival ARTikulationen with its two formats THE FORUM and THE CONCERT is as much about art and research as it is about reaching out to our public. It encompasses guest talks, concerts and networking opportunities and serves 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. In 2016, ARTikulationen takes place from October 6 to October 9.

ARTikulationen-THE FORUM

THE FORUM is 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 present their current or life-long research and will be invited to hold the keynotes.

ARTikulationen-THE CONCERT

THE CONCERT lets us connect with the public by presenting "Research through art" and "Art through Research" in form of lecture recitals. The idea is to let the common audience partake in the fascination and beauty of artistic research. Doctoral candidates introduce the local community, colleagues from the university and our international guests to their artistic work developed within the framework of their research. The emphasis of the presentation lies on the actual artwork.

Each year we also feature one artistic research project of an experienced research team of our university that has been distinguished by the Austrian Science Fund with the funding for a multi-year artistic research project.

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).


ARTikulationen is located at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and spreads out to local venues with international reach. In 2016 we will cooperate with the Grazer Kunstverein for "ARTikulationen-THE CONCERT". Grazer Kunstverein, a space for modern art at the historic Palais Trauttmansdorff is a place of international artistic discourse. The symposium "ARTikulationen-THE FORUM" will be held at the Florentinersaal, a place in which many spectacular symposia have taken place over the years.