Knowledge Production in the Arts: History, Concept and Methodological Considerations *


  • Sidsel Nelund



Since the 1990s, the term knowledge production has been used to designate a set of artistic practices mainly within what would be termed critical art and theory, especially in a European and North American context. This article follows the concept of knowledge production from its inception in the twentieth century’s neoliberal economy into visual arts and practices of artistic, curatorial, and educational research. Recognizing that the term is applied in a widespread, divergent manner, the article proposes a definition of a methodological approach to studies of knowledge production in arts based on actual case studies. It also develops a thorough theorization of the workings of the concept of knowledge production as an apparatus.


Sidsel Nelund

(PhD) has been writing, researching, teaching, instituting, and collaborating in the field of artistic research since the mid-2000s. Nelund is former Head of Institute of Art, Writing and Research at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, where she was head of research, ran the PhD program, created the annual seminar Research Days and initiated the collective research project Creator Doctus funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union to develop a structure for a third cycle specifically in artistic research. Her writings have appeared in Latin America, Africa, The Middle East, and Europe in such forums as Observato­rio Cultural, Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies, Widok. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture as well as in the book Curating Research by Open Editions.


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Nelund, S. (2021). Knowledge Production in the Arts: History, Concept and Methodological Considerations *. Peripeti, 18(33), 135–157.