Invitation/Call for participation
Summer Academy for Artistic Research
August 12th–18th 2019, Utøya, Norway
SAAR is a joint Nordic project between the partner countries Finland, Sweden and Norway. SAAR 2019 will bring together up to 18 artistic researchers and 9 supervisors for an intense and stimulating week in August.
The summer academy provides a supportive setting where artists undertaking a research education (PhD candidates, Doctoral candidates, Doctoral students or Research fellows in artistic research) from all fields collaborate, present their on-going artistic research and receive feedback from peers and experienced tutors from leading academic art institutions. The summer academy aims to reflect the international diversity and scope of artistic research and to provide a stimulating intellectual environment. It seeks to clarify, discuss and develop further emerging themes and issues arising out of the individual projects of the participants.
In 2019, SAAR will have a particular framing. In terms of infrastructure it will be more like a traditional summer camp, taking place on a remotely situated island affording a simple way of living. It will be in the newly constructed conference centre at the island of Utøya, in itself a very significant place. Having been for about a century a site for activities of the Norwegian labour movement, the island has a strong tradition for collectively reflecting upon democracy, freedom of expression, tolerance and diversity. Following the 2011 terror attacks, the island also carries a strong testimony of why these are values not to be taken for granted. This version of the summer academy will pay particular attention to such values as well as to art as a way of being in and relating to each other and the world.
The activities of SAAR take different forms of intensive conversation, supervision and shared practices. SAAR is based on the participants' projects and activities are centered around their projects as well as questions/thoughts generated by this specific context.
The SAAR network is coordinated by Uniarts Helsinki, and governed by a joint Nordic Steering Group. This year, Ellen J Røed has been appointed to develop of the programme, in close collaboration with supervisors Frank Bock and Karmenlara Ely. Røed was also in charge of SAAR 2016 which took place in Tromsø.
A detailed schedule and information about practical things will be sent out as well as posted and updated on our website.
In Sweden, Finland and Norway each institution decides how to select the Doctoral students/Research fellows and supervisors. The deadline within the network for signing in them is by the 1st of April 2019. The number of research fellows is limited to 18, usually 6 from each country, which also contributes 3 supervisors to the programme.
Practicalities – logistics
Monday the 12th 2019 before 14:00 in Oslo Airport Gardemoen (OSL), (we meet at the airport and share a bus to Utøya).
Sunday the 18th 2019 at 15:00. We end activities at 14.00 and travel collectively to the airport, flights can be booked from 16:30 and onwards.
We have booked individual rooms for supervisors and research fellows. The rooms are distributed in small clusters, mostly in newly constructed buildings on the island. The rooms are simple, with toilet/shower facilities for each cluster of rooms.
Accommodation is included in the fee paid by the institution (decided by the SAAR Steering Group). Lunch on Monday 12.8.2019 must be covered by the individual participants (or according to arrangement with their institution).
Travel to and from Oslo airport must be additionally covered by the institutions.
Home cocked meals will be served in the Utøya restaurant/canteen (included). Participants are asked to specify dietary needs through the registration. No alcohol is served/sold on the island.
Spaces and equipment
There are many opportunities for discussions in smaller groups and presentations in different environments. We have access to 4–5 seminar rooms, all with projection and simple sound equipment and the library.
There are no instruments such as pianos or complex sound systems available (apart from PA in conference center).