Citation — Annual Conference of the European Artistic Research Network (EARN)

This year’s Annual Conference of the European Artistic Research Network (EARN) is convened by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies in partnership with Leeds Art Gallery.

This conference will explore the pluralised viewpoint that our contemporary critical methods demand, addressing the ways in which artist-researchers or curatorial practices take positions on or emphasise shifting patterns of coexistent temporalities within the historical, social, political and economic contexts of contemporary visual culture.

Contributions will address questions such as:

  • How do viewpoints that fragment, multiply or compete bring into question notions of proximity and complicity, i.e. the distances and engagements that artists can choose to have or not have in the societies they live in and the industries they depend upon?
  • How do contexts and histories bear on all of our sensory experiences of making and viewing –building upon existing images, events, documents, materials, performances, theories and testimonies, all of which are themselves already intertextual, mediated 'migrations'?

Keynote speakers include Anselm Franke (Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin) and Catherine Grant Birkbeck, University of London.

Booking information

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Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
Leeds LS1 3AA

About EARN

EARN (European Artistic Research Network) was established to share and exchange knowledge and experience in artistic research; foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among art researchers; promote wider dissemination of artistic research; and enable global connectivity and exchange for artistic research.

The network operates through a variety of means including regular international working-group meetings, workshops, seminars, symposia, conferences, winter/summer-school programmes, exhibitions and publications.

The 2019 edition of the EARN conference is organised by Sam Belinfante, Sarah Brown (Leeds Museums and Galleries), Azadeh Fatehrad, Maki Fukuoka, Gill Park, Griselda Pollock and Nick Thurston. It is hosted by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, in partnership with Leeds Art Gallery.

For further information about the EARN 2019 conference, please contact Azadeh Fatehrad or email

Image: Vladimir Nikolic. Event Horizon installation photo, Tobacco 001 Cultural Center, Ljubljana, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.