This book explores the notion of research in relation to contemporary visual art practice. It documents the three-year pilot Artist in Research residency programme from 1996 to 1998, through texts, images and artists’ statements. The Artist in Research programme was established as part of inIVA’s research activities in 1994 and was initiated and developed by the artist and freelance educator Alistair Raphael.
InIVA is a contemporary visual arts organisation with a special interest in new technologies, commissioning site-specific artworks and international collaborations. Working across the creative forms of exhibitions, education, research and publishing, inIVA’s modus operandi is based upon creating new forms of collaboration with artists, curators and writers from culturally diverse backgrounds. Significantly this year has been designated as the Year of the Artist by the Arts Council of England, which aims to encourage and support the establishment of 1000 residency opportunities for artists nation-wide. This book presents the Artist in Research programme as one possible model and is intended to initiate discussion about the role of the artist and the place of contemporary art in future society.