In the last decade, artistic research became a new avant-garde practice in the arts. Regarding the dissolution of artistic limits, research-oriented practices increasingly challenged the once inflexible boundaries between art and science. Not only did artistic research push well-established notions of scientific knowledge production. It rather confronted art criticism with a number of problems. Considering contemporary theories of aesthetic experience, one can reasonably criticize the claims of artistic research as being contradictory. While they tend to lean on the production of knowledge through artistic forms, the inherent “aestheticity” of form tends to an undermining of all conceptualization.



Artistic Research – Art Criticism – Art Critical Judgement – Aesthetic Experience – Conceptual Art


The author is a PhD candidate at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main and a research assistant of Prof. Dr. Juliane Rebentisch.

Sebastian Mühl, “Artistic Research as a Challenge for Art Criticism”, Notebook for Art, Theory and Related Zones, 2016, No. 20, Special Online Issue.


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