Reclaiming Artistic Research

In twenty conversations with leading artists and curators, this volume explores the dynamic nature of artistic thinking, tracing how ideas and forms co-emerge through material, conceptual and embodied ways of working. Foregrounding art’s engagement with diverse fields —from ecology, quantum physics and politics, to dance, law and the tech industry— it manifests how artists produce new paradigms and questions, rather than supplementing existing knowledge. Cotter reclaims artistic research from the shadows of academic definitions and institutional debates, highlighting its artistic significance and mapping an epistemology of artistic creation that radically shifts our perceptions of art.

Dialogues with: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Katayon Arian, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Sher Doruff, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Ryan Gander, Mario García Torres, Liam Gillick, Natasha Ginwala, Sky Hopinka, Manuela Infante, Euridice Zaituna Kala, Grada Kilomba, Sarat Maharaj, Emma Moore, Rabih Mroué, Christian Nyampeta, Yuri Pattison, Falke Pisano, Sarah Rifky, Samson Young, Katarina Zdjelar.  

An online advance of this work, to be published in Spanish by 17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos, has been circulated by MaHKUscript, and can be found here

The English-language version, published by Hatje Cantz with 17, Institute of Critical Studies, with the additional support of HKU University of the Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie,  and LAPS Research Institute for Art and Public Space, is now available for purchase here.