SAAR – Summer Academy for Artistic research has been a Nordic network cooperation since the year 2014.
SAAR started out as an international open call event in 2011. The Summer School was then organized in Helsinki and on Seili island in Finland. The second event was organized in 2013 in Helsinki.
The HOSTS of NORDIC SAAR academys:
University of the Arts Helsinki 2014
Stockholm University of the Arts 2015
Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (NARP) 2016
University of the Arts Helsinki 2017
The aim of SAAR is to discuss in depth the participants’ research projects within the developing discourses of art practice and research. This happens through different forms of supervision and intensive conversation.
Abstracts and blog
A blog (2016) where the participants and supervisors can introduce their projects and familiarize themselves with the projects of the other participants.
The SAAR weeks starts with short presentations of the supervisors and the research fellows. The idea is not to go into total depth, but to get an idea of the candidates' project and which questions they would like to deepen during the week.
The group discussions are based on the initiatives of the fellows. Each fellow will initiate 2 group discussions during the week. These should be quite improvised, and not too prepared, in order to be able dive into where ever in the process the fellow is at the moments.
In order to open the group discussion, the fellow should prepare a 5 minutes "action", which is then followed by an open conversation. The action could be a physical action, giving instruction to the participants, trying out something with the participants, reading text, asking others to read, showing visual material etc. etc. But it should somehow "open a window" towards a domain that the fellow/candidate wishes to discuss.
The summing up- sessions are fairly short, but here the groups will report the main issues they have discussed, the day ahead is planned, and made sure all practicalities are on track.