June 16 – 17, 2012, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford

“Art as a Mode of Enquiry” is a graduate symposium organized by doctoral students in art and art theory at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, The University of Oxford. The two-day interdisciplinary conference will take place on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of June 2012 and will be accompanied by an exhibition of site-specific works at the Ashmolean Museum by current DPhil students.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Adrian Piper (APRA Berlin): “On the Very Idea of Artistic Research”
Professor Shearer West (University of Oxford): title TBA

Drawing on a spectrum of disciplinary approaches, the conference seeks to investigate the theoretical underpinnings of the advanced degrees in art that have recently become established in many universities in the UK and abroad. In what ways might art practice constitute a form of research? What kinds of knowledge can it produce and how can these be evaluated? How can artists learn from, critique, and productively contribute to other disciplines? What historical precedents might be used to explore this relationship?