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Artistic research is art that is practised as a form of enquiry, where the enquiry might be into the art-making process itself or the capacity of art to address wider, social, cultural or scientific concerns. Sometimes referred to as ‘art as research’, ‘fine art research’, or ‘practice-based research’, artistic research emerged in various countries in the 1990s in response to the evaluation exercises introduced by governments to determine the allocation of research funding. Despite its administrative origins, artistic research can in fact be seen as a new and exciting episode in the tension between art and knowledge that stretches all the way back to Plato. On this site, you’ll find recent examples of artistic research produced by artists and theorists based at Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD), Wales, UK.

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