Artistic Research – Continuous Prototype

Tero Heikkinen, Petri Kaverma, Denise Ziegler

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Artistic research needs, in our opinion, more discussion covering both theoretical and practical aspects of working with art. This approach results in concrete works of art through which we are able to express and communicate the constantly renewing strategies of artistic research.
A discussion in the multifaceted field of artistic research is possible only if there are common denominators and metaphors. This is why we have coined the thought of a joint continuous prototype. It is our metaphor, a construction through which we examine our work and our thoughts. For us, a continuous prototype is not only a concrete object but also a combination of thinking and doing. It demonstrates the current state of our work and also the direction it might take.
The three essays of the article offer a suggestion for the kind of prototype that emphasizes the practical, experimental and continued character of artistic research. Together, these building blocks are pointing towards a culture of speculative activity across the arts.
A prototype does not need to address a particular question or a problem. Instead, a prototype can question the necessity of answers so that the thought is always allowed to go on.

Translated title of the contributionArtistic Research – Continuous Prototype
Original languageFinnish
Pages (from-to)299-317
Number of pages19
JournalTiede & edistys
Issue number4/2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • continuous prototype, artistic research

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